Typologies of Scholarship on Africa

107 ASIL Proceedings 189 (2014)

5 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2014

Date Written: 2014


The article systematizes typologies of scholarship on Africa by the identity and ideological orientation of the authors and historical periods. It argues that distinctly several constituencies of scholars and authors on Africa have produced divergent streams of scholarship on international law and Africa. It concludes that Third World Approaches to International Law, or TWAIL, which is both rejectionist and reconstructionist, is the most penetrating of these schools of thought.

Keywords: African scholarship on international law, third world approaches to international law, TWAIL, African Diaspora, Africanists, post-colonial, human rights, African fingerprint

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Mutua, Makau, Typologies of Scholarship on Africa (2014). 107 ASIL Proceedings 189 (2014), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2426343

Makau Mutua (Contact Author)

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