06 February 2019

In the Shade of an African Baobab


In the Shade of an African Baobab
Tom Bennett’s Legacy

Edition: 1st

Published: 24 January 2019

Editor: Christa Rautenbach

ISBN: 978 1 48512 847 2

Format: Soft cover

Extent: 282 pages

Retail price: R395 (includes 15% VAT, excludes courier 

delivery. Valid until 30/06/2019.)

About this publication:

In the Shade of an African Baobab: Tom Bennett’s Legacy is a collection of essays published to honour and thank Tom Bennett for his generous contribution to scholarly work over the years in the field of legal pluralism and African jurisprudence, as well as for his mentorship and friendship.

The book brings together a collection of work by esteemed scholars from multidisciplinary fields, though the work is focused on aspects of law, culture and religion. The common thread through all the contributions is Tom. His scholarly influence, visible in each of the contributions, can be compared to the mighty Baobab tree: a large iconic, culturally important and majestic tree indigenous to Africa.
Contents include:
  • Tribute to Tom Bennett – Hugh Corder
  • In the Shade of an African Baobab: Thomas W (Tom) Bennett on Custom and Religion – Christa Rautenbach 
  • A Tribute to Emeritus Professor Thomas Bennett – Chuma Himonga
  • When Grace Met Bennett: An Intersectionality Analysis of Bennett’s Commentary on Culture and Legal Pluralism in South Africa – Jewel Amoah
  • African Women and Fair Trial in South Africa – Adenike Aiyedun
  • Patrimonial Consequences of the Conversion of a South African Marriage to a Civil Marriage – Pieter Bakker
  • Illegal Mining: The Continued Struggle for Mineral Resources, Communities and the Environment –
    Willemien du Plessis & Juanita Pienaar
  • The Culturalisation of Religion and the Pursuit of Diversity: Co-existence within Religious Difference in South Africa and Europe – Kyriaki Topidi
  • OHADA Law and its Target Population: Is there Room for African Traditional Law within the Harmonisation of Contract Laws in Africa? – Salvatore Mancuso
  • African Legal Realism and Risk Assessment of Irrationality through Deliberate Silencing of African Voices and Perspectives – Werner Menski
  • Legal Pluralism and Social Change: Insights from Matrimonial Property Rights in Nigeria – Anthony Diala
  • Negotiating Space and Place in Relation to Land: A View from Kweneng Land Board, Botswana – Anne Griffiths
  • Human Rights at the Intersection of Legal Orders: The Case of the ‘Kharisiri’ – Eva Brems
  • Customary Legal Empowerment in Africa: How Rule of Law Programming has Impacted on Legal Pluralism in Malawi – Janine Ubink
Of interest and benefit to:
Lawyers and anthropologists engaged in the fields of legal pluralism, custom and religion 

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29th World Congress 
of the 
International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR) 
University of Lucerne
7 – 13 July 2019

Special Workshop: Legal Fictions Revisited 
Covenors: Kristin Y. Albrecht (University of Salzburg) and Karen Petroski (Saint Louis University)

Call for Papers
Fictions of various kinds remain powerful devices of legal argumentation and justification. 
Following the route opened by the special workshop on legal fictions at the IVR Congress 2011, as well as the resulting book and recent publications by such scholars as Simon Stern, we invite proposals for papers investigating some less-explored aspects of the subject, in particular the philosophical foundations, comparative examination, and historical aspects of legal fictions.

Is law a fiction or fictional system? If so, what is specific about legal fictions - or do they involve the same kind of fictionality as law itself? Is fictionality a phenomenon of language, ontology, and/or epistemology? Does fictionality presuppose an authorial intention? What does it presuppose about legal audiences?  What can we learn from the history of asking questions like these about law and fiction?  How much should lawyers, judges, and legislators know about these matters?  

Possible topics include:

I. Philosophy  
  • Fiction, deeming, and presumption in comparative perspective  
  • Fiction and definition 
  • Fiction and hypothesis, thought experiment, and planning  
  • Fiction and metaphor  
  • Fiction and truth 
  • Legal and aesthetic fictions

II. Comparative Law/Legal Theory  
  • Fictions in common law systems  
  • Fictions in civil law systems
  • The role of legal fictions in the development of law
III. History of Legal Philosophy
  • Jhering and Maine  
  • Kant and Vaihinger  
  • Kelsen and Vaihinger  
  • René Dekkers 
  • Oskar Buelow

Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words to Kristin Albrecht (kristin.albrecht@sbg.ac.at) and Karen Petroski (karen.petroski@slu.edu) by February 28, 2018.  

We will notify the authors of accepted proposals by March 15.  

We may schedule more than one meeting of this special workshop if the number and quality of proposed papers justify it.