Online Student Notes: Africana Legal Studies

Professor Angi Porter’s article from Volume 27.2, Africana Legal Studies: A New Theoretical Approach to Law & Protocol, introduces an innovative interdisciplinary approach to studying the stories of Law and African people. In her words, the work of African Legal Studies “centers the humanity and self-defined thoughts and actions of African people while studying the story of Law, offering a new lens to legal scholarship.”

In this special online publication, MJRL is pleased to share the work of five Georgetown University law students who each explore and apply the Africana Legal Studies framework to a variety of historical and legal contexts.

A Long View of History into the Protocols of Traditional African Societies (Adedola Adefowoju, Georgetown University)

Protocol vs. Law in the Sea Islands: Gullah/Geechee Land Use and Land Loss through an Africana Legal Studies Lens (Gianfranco Cesareo, Georgetown University)

Environmental Maafa: Challenging the Colonial Roots of Western Conservation Efforts in Africa (Grace Gibson, Georgetown University)

Africana Legal Linguistics (Patricia Murphy-Geiss, Georgetown University)

The Protocol of Caste: Identifying Caste on the Continent and its Utility in Africana Legal Studies (Bhaavya Sinha, Georgetown University)