The Richardson Escuela: Law as Politics

9 Pages Posted: 3 May 2017

Date Written: May 2, 2017


This paper explores the scholarship of Henry Richardson, the preeminent African scholar of international law. It examines his intellectual and professional contributions to the discipline, and his pioneering cross-breeding of legal scholarship and political activism. The paper argues that Richardson has been a pivotal incubator of the school of thought -- an escuela -- that advances the scholarship of African-Americans and Blacks in general to discourses of international law. His works have been instrumental in inspiring scores of people of African descend to become international legal scholars and practitioners.

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Mutua, Makau, The Richardson Escuela: Law as Politics (May 2, 2017). Temple International & Comparative Law Journal, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2017, Available at SSRN:

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