Call for Papers – Deadline Extended: Courts, Power, and Constitutional Law in Africa – Gaborone, Botswana


The African Network of Constitutional Lawyers (ANCL), in collaboration with the Department of Law at the University of Botswana and partners, is organising the next ANCL Biennial Conference in Gaborone, Botswana, October 11-14, 2018, on the theme “Courts, Power and Constitutional Law in Africa.

The organisers invite both experienced and upcoming African constitutional experts and individuals interested in constitutionalism in Africa to submit abstracts…related to the general theme of the conference. Also, prospective participants should pay attention to questions of public power: how, and under what conditions, do courts, enjoy the power, legitimacy and independence necessary to serve as a balanced and meaningful check on national actors in the general foresight of advancing progressive democratic governance in Africa. We invite potential participants to reason closely within the framework of the theme of this conference and the questions it intends to answer when choosing a topic or approach for their papers or panels.

Abstracts should be limited to 500 words. Preference will be given to papers that adopt an inter-African comparative approach.

Deadlines: All submissions must be made through the conference website –, or alternatively, through or by November 30, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by October 15, 2017. All participants will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses. Exceptions will be made in appropriate circumstances.

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