Kenyan Politics and the Politics of Summer Programs

Proceedings of the 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, p.461, 2009

7 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2009  

J. Patrick Kelly

Widener University Delaware Law School

Date Written: October 21, 2009

Abstract

This brief article for the Proceedings of the American Society of International Law’s annual symposium discusses the interrelationship of Legal education partnerships in Africa and domestic politics using Kenya as an example. The practicalities and cultural benefits of living and studying in a foreign country are inevitably intertwined with the political tensions and aspirations embedded in that society. This article first discusses the special rewards and practicalities of a summer program in Africa; and then attempts to provide a richer, more complex picture of the recent political struggle and ethnic conflict in Kenya after the December, 2007 Presidential election. It draws on several narratives including Neo-colonialism, demographic determinism, British divide and rule, and Democratic Legitimacy to help explain events.

Keywords: legal education, Africa, Kenya, neo-colonialism, ethnic clashes, summer abroad programs

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Kelly, J. Patrick, Kenyan Politics and the Politics of Summer Programs (October 21, 2009). Proceedings of the 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, p.461, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1492292

J. Patrick Kelly (Contact Author)

Widener University Delaware Law School ( email )

4601 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803-0406
United States

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