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Access to Knowledge in Africa: The Role of Copyright
By Armstrong, de Beer, Kawooya, Prabhala, Schonwetter. Added by TOBIAS SCHONWETTER on 21 Sep 2010. 2010. UCT Press. Full text online, 383 pages in PDF. Funded by IDRC. Cases - Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda.

Africa Portal 
Policy research on Africa. Has a Digital Library and Experts Directory. Maintained by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI, Waterloo, Canada) and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA, Johannesburg). [KF]

African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights
A continental court originally established by the Organization of African Unity. "As at July 2017, only eight (8) of the thirty (30) States Parties to the Protocol had made the declaration recognizing the competence of the Court to receive cases from NGOs and individuals." Has case summaries and judgments, information on the Judges, activity reports. Has internships - " Priority given to the citizens of the Member States of the African Union." Based in Arusha, Tanzania.

African Human Security Initiative
One-year project for seven established African Non-Governmental Organisations "to embark upon a process of benchmarking the performance of key African governments in respect of human security issues, measured against the commitments taken at the level at OAU/AU heads of state meetings." The eight countries being evaluated are Algeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda. Full text Research Reports. Reports on crime and criminal justice.

African International Courts and Tribunals
"Africa can be regarded as an advanced laboratory for international courts and tribunals and international justice at large." "The African continent leads the way in innovations in international courts and tribunals, with the first hybrid court and the first referrals to the International Criminal Court." Documents, cases, Judges' biographies, bibliographies of print and web resources. Maintained by the Project on International Courts and Tribunals supported by academics based in the U.S.
Covers African Union courts, courts for regional organizations (Arab Maghreb, COMESA, East African Community, ECOWAS, CEMAC, OHADA, SADC, WAEMU, etc.) , International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Special Courts for Sierra Leone, International Criminal Court, International Court of Justice, World Trade Organization, etc.

African Journal of Business and Law
Published by the Makerere University Business School, Faculty of Commerce. Vol. 1, No. 1, November 2007 was on-line at one time and had articles on African business schools, Uganda's oil and gas revenues, intellectual property rights, diasporas and remittances, BRICs and Africa's fragile states. 

African Journal of Criminology and Justice Studies
Official organ of the African Criminology and Justice Association. Includes Book Reviews. Published by the Department of Criminal Justice, University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Maryland. Full text articles. Also Vol. 1, No. 2, Fall 2005. http://www.umes.EDU/AJCJS

  • Criminology as Lovemaking: An African-Centered Theory of Justice, by Biko Agozino - in PDF
  • Obstacles to Effective Policing in Nigeria, by Emmanuel C. Onyeozili - in PDF
  • Pre-colonial Criminal Justice in Africa, by David Dagleish - in PDF

African Journal of International and Comparative Law (Edinburgh, U.K.)
Published by Edinburgh University Press. "articles on public or private international law, either in English or French" Libraries pay from $207-$317. Free online access to many African countries.

African Journal of Legal Studies (Ottawa, Canada)
Access by subscription only. Stanford has access only to older years through Hein Online. Published by the Africa Law Institute and Brill.  based in Ottawa, Canada. [KF]

In French. "...une revue electronique consacree e l'analyse des droits et des institutions d'Afrique." Full text articles are in Adobe PDF. Has annotated bibliographies, legal links. Topics include labor law, administrative law, etc. "Elle est produite en partenariat par : le Centre d'etudes et de recherches sur le droit africain et le developpement institutionnel (CERDRADI) de l'Universite Montesquieu-Bordeaux IV (France) -le Centre d'etude d'Afrique Noire (CEAN), IEP de Bordeaux (Universite Montesquieu-Bordeaux IV) - la Faculte des sciences juridiques et politiques de Dakar - l'UFR de sciences juridiques, administratives et politiques d'Abidjan."

AIDS Law Project (South Africa)
Site has closed. Works to promote equal rights and justice for people with HIV. Information on the Legal system Health rights, Access to treatment, Workplace rights, Domestic workers, The Military, Women's rights, Children's rights, Gays, Lesbians and transgendered people, Customary rights, Criminal law, Prisoners, HIV/AIDS & discrimination cases (such as the case regarding the book by Charlene Smith, Patricia de Lille (New Africa Books, 2002), etc. Speak Truth to Power is a book about the project. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa. [KF]

[Angola] Tribunal Constitucional de Angola
In Portuguese. Official site. The Constitutional Tribunal determined which political parties would be recognized for the Sept. 2008 legislative elections.

Association des Cours Constitutionnelles ayant en Partage l’Usage du Français, ACCPUF (Paris)
In French. Covers French-speaking African countries plus Cape Verde, Egypt, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, . For each country includes a history of constitutional law, court decisions (such as regarding President Marc Ravalomanana, elections in Congo-Brazzaville, Mali, Chad, Togo, Benin, etc.). Search the database by keyword, country. [KF]
Has full text studies:

  • République Démocratique du Congo: Le contentieux constitutionnel congolais
  • Ile Maurice. Le Juge de l'administration et le droit de propriete a l'Ile Maurice and Le constitutionnalisme mauricien. By Parvèz Dookhy
  • Cameroun : L'accès aux juridictions camerounaises de droit public. By Par Roger Gabriel NLEP
  • Niger : Le statut des partis politiques dans les Etats de l'Afrique de l'Ouest francophone. By Hassan ABDOU

Atneia - Base de dados da legislação publicada no Boletim da República de Moçambique, I Série, a partir de 25
In Portuguese. Access by subscription. Base de dados da legislação publicada no Boletim da República de Moçambique, I Série, a partir de 25 de Junho de 1976. Mozambique, Laws and Regulations. Database of summaries of the legislation published in the Official Gazette of Mozambique, since Independence (25 June 1976), searchable by subject, date, number, etc. Maintained by Pandora Box, Lda.

Banque de Donnees Juridiques du Burkina Faso
In French. Search the Journal Officiel du Burkina Faso by keyword. Has full text of various Codes, Decrets.

Brandeis University. Brandeis Institute for International Judges
"...provides international judges with the opportunity to meet and discuss critical issues concerning the theory and practice of international justice. Institutes are held approximately every 18 months, bringing together judges serving on international courts and tribunals around the world to reflect on both the philosophical aspects and practical challenges of their work." Full text reports such as The Challenges of International Criminal Justice. Held a colloquium in Dakar, January 2006. Sponsored by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life.

Brussels Centre of African Studies
Based at the Centre d'Anthropologie Culturelle, Institut de Sociologie, Brussels, Belgium on the web site of the Vrije Universiteit, Brussel. "The research focus of the Brussels Centre of African Studies is broad-ranging, conducted in such areas as history, anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, politics, law, development, economics, education, geography, demography, communications, psychology, agronomy, botany and ecology." Publishes the Revue de Droit Africain.

Center for Research Libraries - Official Gazettes & Civil Society Documentation 
Digitized issues of government official gazettes from Algeria, Congo (Brazzaville), Iran, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Somalia (includes British Somaliland) , Sudan, and Zimbabwe (includes Southern Rhodesia).

Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples Rights
A network of NGOs and independent national human rights institutions established 2003 to advocate for a fair, effective and independent African Court on Human and People's Rights (to be based in Arusha, Tanzania). Has an e-bulletin, full text papers. Office in Lagos, Nigeria. Based in Arusha, Tanzania.[KF]

Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité / International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity (CIDSE) (Brussels, Belgium)
In French and English. "CIDSE is an alliance of 14 Catholic development organisations from Europe and North America." Has an Africa Continental Platform (CACP) which brings together personnel from the member organisations working on Africa; its focus is on peacebuilding, reconciliation and conflict resolution. Has the full text of "Towards True Partnership: EU - Africa Summit" (2000). Is concerned with intellectual property rights such as the patenting of plants, biopatenting.

Database of the Constitutions of Sub-Saharan Africa, DCSSA
Full text of constitutions, amendments, bills online. Also lists constitutions not yet online. "constitutional documents for 52 Sub-Saharan countries since their independence" From the Department of Politics and Management, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany.

Djibouti. Journal Officiel de la République de Djibouti
In French. Has selected full text government decrees online and other documents such as the May 12, 2001 Accord de Reforme et de Concorde Civile. Find laws and decrees by topic such as Politique Nationale de la Femme. On the Djibouti Government's web site.
In French. "un site consacré au droit des affaires et à la fiscalité des pays de l'Afrique francophone." Full text laws online. Web sites. Based in Paris, France.

Droit et Lois (Cotonou, Benin)
In French. Legal journal. Table of contents and some full text articles on-line. Published from 2004. "a pour objectif principal de faire connaître le droit positif béninois, à savoir les textes législatifs et réglementaires, mais également l’état de la doctrine et de la jurisprudence."

Durham University. Sudan Archive
Online records:
Intelligence Reports 1889-1903
"Reports were published by the Egyptian Army, printing any reports from the Sudan and the area around it pertinent to the campaign against Mahdist Sudan and the defence of the Condominium."

Governor-General Reports, 1902-1952
"The reports for the years 1902-1914, when General Sir Reginald Wingate was Governor-General, are particularly valuable, containing a wealth of information and statistics on every aspect of the administration."

Staff Lists, 1899-1963
"contain the names of all Sudan Government employees, both British and Sudanese, from 1914-1963."

Government Gazettes, 1899-1970

Maps, photographs, exhibits and a blog.  Online catalog of books, periodicals and ephemeral material on the Sudan.
Archive of the papers of administrators from the Sudan Political Service, missionaries, soldiers, business men, doctors, agriculturalists, teachers and others. The papers are not online.  Includes the papers of Professor Robert O. Collins, General Sir Reginald Wingate, Sir Harold MacMichael, Sir James Robertson, and the Gordon Memorial College Trust Fund. Has some material from the post-independence period and papers relating to countries bordering the Sudan.


Ethiopian Bar Association
"...a non-profit making and a non-partisan professional association of attorneys." Publishes a newsletter, Temuagach (online in English and Amharic) and the Ethiopian Bar Review.

[GambiaLaw Hub Gambia
Independent, self-funded organization. Provides free access to case-law, legislation and secondary legal materials from The Gambia. Historical documents such as the Gambia Independence Conference 1964. Criminal, election, human rights laws. Case law, Gambia Law Reports.

Gesellschaft für afrikanisches Recht - African Law Association - Société de Droit Africain
In English, German, French. Formed in 1973 in Heidelberg. Its journal is Law in Africa / Droit en Afrique / Recht in Afrika. Based at the Universität Bayreuth (University of Bayreuth), Bayreuth, Germany. Full text African Legal Materials online, by country, by area of law. [KF]
Code Civil de Cote d'Ivoire
Kenya Constitution 1998
Kenya Court Decisions
Lesotho Marriage Act 1974
Zimbabwe Arbitration Act 1996

[Ghana] Judicial Services of Ghana
"The Judicial Service as a Public Service institution is the organ responsible for the day to day administration of the Courts and Tribunals of the land." Has the High Court schedule, Ghana's Constitution, the Supreme Court Library, law handbook, etc. [KF]

Ghana Land Law
Online cases in Ghanaian land law. "This site hosts representative judicial decisions in Ghanaian land law." "The cases below are from the reading list for Professor Kwame Gyan's course, Immovable Property I: Customary Land Law, as taught during the Fall Semester of 2004 at the Law Faculty of the University of Ghana. It appears from the syllabus that Professor (and currently Dean) Nii Ashie Kotey was the original compilor of the list." Site by Josh DuBois.

Ghana Legal
Has laws, cases.

Global Rights
Non-profit which works with human rights organizations and activists in Africa. Formerly the International Human Rights Law Group. Press releases on their programs, has an email list. Its Director is Salih Booker. Based in Washington, D.C. with offices in Africa. [KF]
Has the full text of Ending Congo's Nightmare: What the U.S. Can Do to Promote Peace in Central Africa. 2003. 40 p. in PDF. Full text issues of Voices, the Global Rights Magazine. No. 4, Summer 2005 covers Burundi's land crisis (also in French). No. 3, Fall 2004 covers Sudan and Nigeria. Publications in French on the independence of the judiciary in the Congo and Justice & Elections in the Congo.

Government Gazettes

  • [Burkina Faso] Banque de Donnees Juridiques du Burkina Faso- In French. Search the Journal Officiel du Burkina Faso by keyword. Has full text of various Codes, Decrets.
  • Djibouti. Journal Officiel de la République de Djibouti - In French. Has selected full text government decrees online and other documents such as the May 12, 2001 Accord de Reforme et de Concorde Civile. Find laws and decrees by topic such as Politique Nationale de la Femme. On the Djibouti Government's web site.
  • (Nairobi) - Access to some areas requires a paid subscription. Legal publishing company in Eastern Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania). "collates primary and secondary resource materials, case law, statutory material, legal commentary." Has Lawafrica Law Reports (LLR), Company Searches, a Legal Directory, selected text of the Kenya Gazette. Free content includes Government and Ministry Directory, Profiles of Kenyan judges, Profiles of Ugandan judges, information on the Electoral Commission. Has the full text of bills such as "The Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Bill, 2001" and commentary on the bills by the Law Society of Kenya. Based in Nairobi. [KF]
  • [Sao Tome e Principe] Diario da Republica - In Portuguese. Official government gazette. Access is by subscription. Has selected issues online, in Adobe pdf. On the web site of Portugal's Imprensa Nacional - Casa da Moeda. [KF]

Hieros Gamos
Directory of law firms. Has a directory of African law faculties and law schools. Maintained by, Inc., Houston Texas.

Human Rights First (formerly Lawyers Committee for Human Rights)
"...operates the largest and most successful pro bono asylum representation program in the country. With the assistance of volunteer attorneys, the Lawyers Committee provides legal representation, without charge, to hundreds of indigent refugees each year." Works on Darfur, child soldiers. Free e-newsletter, Rights Wire. Its Lawyer to Lawyer Network supports endangered human rights lawyers overseas. Based in New York City. [KF]

International Commission of Jurists - Kenyan Section
Press statements regarding human rights issues, their Newsletter, the full text of some reports such as "Judicial Reform And Administration Of Justice In Kenya: The Way Forward" (72 p. in Adobe pdf), the full text of Bills such as "The Access To Information Bill 2000," "The Analysis Of The Privatization Bill, 2004" and a directory of important Kenya NGOs. Based in Nairobi, Kenya. [KF]

International Constitutional Law
Has the full text of Constitutions for Angola, Congo-Brazzaville, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mauritania, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia. Based at the Institut für öffentliches Recht, Bern, Switzerland.

International Criminal Court
"...the first ever permanent, treaty based, international criminal court established to promote the rule of law and ensure that the gravest international crimes [genocide, war crimes, etc.] do not go unpunished." Crimes committed after July 1, 2002 are liable for prosecution by the Court. Has a Newsletter. Decisions on cases. The first two cases concern the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Central African Republic, and Darfur (Sudan). Based in the Hague, Netherlands.
See also:

International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (Arusha, Tanzania)
Official site. Biographies of judges, press releases, full text judgments, annual reports, transcripts, photographs,  U.N.Radio broadcasts (need sound card, RealPlayer), etc. This United Nations tribunal  handed down "the first-ever verdict on the crime of genocide by an international court" and imposed the "first-ever sentence for genocide."

International Labour Organization 
Has Country sections, some full-text laws, statistics, working conditions, occupational safety, databases, reports, etc. [KF]

IRIS, Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (College Park, Maryland
IRIS, based at the Univ. of Maryland has produced reports on Madagascar.
Dispute Resolution as an Alternative to the Ordinary Courts in Madagascar: A Guide to Choice in the International Arena, by Louis Aucoin. 1994. 47 p. in Adobe pdf. [KF]
Towards an Independent and Accountable Judiciary: Report on Judicial Reform in Madagascar, by Louis Massicotte. 1994. 49 p. in PDF.

Islamic Family Law
Islamic family law is "the most widely applied family law system in the world today,..." The project seeks to "explore and substantiate possibilities of reform within particular communities of Muslims in their own context." For each country covered, provides a history, legal practices, effects on women, a bibliography. Full text of "Domestic Violence and Shari’a: A Comparative Study of Muslim Societies in the Middle East, Africa and Asia" by Lisa Hajjar. From the Emory University, School of Law. [KF]

Journal of African Law (Cambridge, U.K.)
Has a list of recent articles. Requires a subscription for full text access. Published for the School of Oriental and African Studies, UK by Cambridge University Press.

Site has closed. In French. Keyword searchable database of legal documents. "decisions de justice emanant des Hautes juridictions du Burkina Faso (Cour de cassation, Conseil d'Etat, Conseil Constitutionel, Cour des Comptes) ainsi que des Cours d'Appel, des Tribunaux de Grande Instance et des Tribunaux du Travail." "Realise par l'equipe LexUM de l'Universite de Montreal, en collaboration avec l'Ordre des Avocats du Burkina, le Secretariat General du Gouvernement et ZCP informatique..." Maintained by le Centre d'Information Juridique JuriBurkina. [KF] 

In French. Publisher of legal books and legal texts on cd-rom. Founded 2000. Based in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

In Portuguese and English. Full text laws of São Tomé and Príncipe. Articles such as the Petroleum Industry Organization, How to set up a company, how to apply for investment incentives. Facts about the country, news. The Constitution (42 p. in PDF), treaties (joint development of petroleum between Nigeria and Sao Tome, 27 p. in PDF), investment laws, labor laws, intellectual property laws. Links to related sites. Maintained by Rute Martins Santos and Kiluange Tiny, two lawyers based in Portugal. [KF]
In French and EnglishAfrica section. Covers justice initiatives in countries dealing with violence, a media outlet of Fondation Hirondelle, based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Includes interviews, podcasts.

Kenya Law Reports
Database of case law, election petitions, full text of Kenya laws, bills. "official website of the National Council for Law Reporting (Kenya), a public body established under the National Council for Law Reporting Act (Act No. 11 of 1994). The mandate of the Council is to publish the Kenya Law Reports which contain the judicial opinions of the superior courts of record"
Includes text of the Kenya Gazette from 1906 which is actually from

Kenya School Of Law
"...a Semi Autonomous Government Agency" Established in 1963. Organizes and conducts courses for the development of legal professionals; conducts courses for Government personnel on the general understanding of the law and organizes Para-legal courses and programmes. Based in Nairobi, Kenya. [KF]

Kituo cha Katiba, KCK (Eastern Africa Centre for Constitutional Development)
NGO promoting constitutionalism, good governance and democratic development in Eastern Africa. Many full text publications such as on the state of constitutional development in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zanzibar, the text of colonial and contemporary laws, the constitutions of many African countries, judicial independence, etc. Based in Kampala, Uganda. [KF]

KwaZulu - Natal Law Society Library
The Natal Society Library is the Legal Deposit library in KwaZulu-Natal. Through its database catalog locate journal articles and books on South African legal related topics. Their newsletter provides information on new print and internet documents such as recent judgements from the Supreme Court, the labour and land claims courts.

Laniel, Laurent - Cannabis in Lesotho: A Preliminary Survey
Full text.On trafficking, barter of marijuana and hashish. "the main findings of a field study carried out by OGD on the drug situation in Southern Africa in the summer of 1997 particularly as regards the cannabis phenomenon in Lesotho." OGD (Geopolitical Drug Watch or Observatoire Géopolitique des Drogues – OGD, is an independent, non-profit making, non-governmental organisation based in Paris. (Nairobi)
Access to some areas requires a paid subscription. Legal publishing company in Eastern Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania). "collates primary and secondary resource materials, case law, statutory material, legal commentary." Has Lawafrica Law Reports (LLR), Company Searches, a Legal Directory, selected text of the Kenya Gazette. Free content includes Government and Ministry Directory, Profiles of Kenyan judges, Profiles of Ugandan judges, information on the Electoral Commission. Has the full text of bills such as "The Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Bill, 2001" and commentary on the bills by the Law Society of Kenya. A Butterworths Lexis Nexis Joint Venture. Based in Nairobi. [KF]

The Law Publisher
"...publishes and reviews reports of South African court judgments of interest to commercial lawyers and business people" Has summaries of recent judgments, brief information on the courts and judiciary in South Africa. Sells full transcripts of judgments.

Law Society of Kenya
"Kenya’s premier Bar association, with membership of all practising advocates, currently numbering in excess of the three thousand." Formed in 1948. Information about the Kenya School of Law and other East African legal education bodies, the Attorney General, the judiciary, discussion forums.

LAW Uganda - Law and Advocacy for Women in Uganda
An NGO founded in 1997 by women lawyers. Promotes women's rights. Works "for the reform of laws and practices that discriminate against women in Uganda."

Lawyers' Environmental Action Team (LEAT) 
"...the first public interest environmental law organization in Tanzania....established in 1994...Its mission is to ensure sound natural resource management and environmental protection in Tanzania. LEAT carries out policy research, advocacy, and selected public interest litigation. Its membership largely includes lawyers concerned with environmental management and democratic governance in Tanzania. Press releases, full text documents, information on a controversy surrounding the Bulyanhulu Gold Mine, etc. [KF]

Legal Assistance Centre, LAC (Windhoek, Namibia)
"...a non-profit public interest law centre in Namibia, southern Africa. It litigates only in the public interest: where a case is likely to have an impact beyond the people directly involved." Its AIDS Law Unit addresses the issue of discrimination. Other units: constitutional rights, gender advocacy, juvenile justice, land / environment, legal education. Has many full text reports, some full text court cases. [KF]

Information on South African national and provincial legislation, 1994 to date. "includes full legislative texts as well as a quick reference overview for each statute containing the long title, annotated index, list of amending Acts and the sections amended and date of commencement of amendment, as well as the reference to the Gazette containing commencement provisions." Has a Legal Blog. Some information requires a subscription. Has a user guide/tutorial on searching the database.

Legal Brief Today
Daily subscription based e-newsletter with news of the legal profession in South Africa. See also the free weekly Legalbrief Africa, with legal and constitutional news from the continent and the subscription based weekly, eLaw & Management, on technology and the law. Legalbrief Africa is sponsored by the International Bar Association. Has links to legal sites. Based in Durban, South Africa. [KF]

Legal Resources Foundation of Zambia
Has the full text of  some issues of The LRF News. Articles cover prisoners' rights, homosexuality, banning of a church, defence of the accused in a coup attempt, etc. Offers legal advice for Zambians by e-mail.
In Portuguese. Registration required to access. Information on legislation, since independence, of the Official Portuguese Language African Countries (PALOPs). Covers Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome e Principe. Has the Constitutions, in Portuguese. Ministries of Justice contact information. [KF]

Library of Congress. Ancient Manuscripts from the Desert Libraries of Timbuktu
"Dating from the 16th to the 18th centuries, the ancient manuscripts... are indicative of the high level of civilization attained by West Africans during the Middle Ages." "The manuscripts...are from the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library and the Library of Cheick Zayni Baye of Boujbeha,..." Has images of the documents which concern Islamic knowledge of astronomy, law, the Songhai Empire, slavery, Sufi religion, mathematics, political governance, medical knowledge, attitude towards non-Muslims, trade. [KF]

Library of Congress, Law Library
The Law Library of Congress has a Guide to Law Online covering many countries - Angola, Benin, Kenya etc.

LLMC Digital (Law Library Microform Consortium)
Access to documents by subscription only (many U.S. libraries subscribe.)  Full text books, pamphlets, laws, law reports, official gazettes, selected British command papers, British Colonial Office annual reports, treaties, papers from the Proceedings of the Royal Colonial Institute, Cape Colony documents, etc. Has a partnership with the Center for Research Libraries (in Chicago) and will be digitizing African official gazettes. Based in Kaneohe, Hawaii.

Makerere University, Faculty of Law
Its Human Rights and Peace Centre has full text publications on line. The Refugee Law Project has full text publications. The Law, Gender & Sexuality Research Project has full text publications. The Faculty of Law has a Sexual Harrassment Policy and Guidelines.

Mali, Journal Officiel
In French. Full text laws, ordinances, decrees are online. Based in Bamako, Mali.

Mizan Law Review (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Full text of all issues available to Subscribers to Hein Online. [Stanford users please go to Hein Online in the databases page.] Part of Vol. 4, No. 1, 2010 is at

[Namibia] High Court of Namibia
"...the High Court is presided over by the Judge President and Judges of the High Court of Namibia. It has original jurisdiction to hear and adjudicate upon all civil disputes and criminal prosecutions, including cases which involve the interpretation, ........ of the Constitution and the fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed thereunder........ also has jurisdiction to hear and adjudicate upon appeals from Lower Courts. Full text judgments and Acts such as the Anti-Corruption Act, the Labour Act. [KF] court/

Nigeria Law
From the International Centre for Nigerian Law in association with The Chambers of E.C.M. Obata, Lagos, Nigeria. Has:

  • Constitution of Nigeria 1999 (includes oaths of office for high officials
  • Justices of the Court of Appeal List
  • Justices of the Supreme Court List
  • some full text Rules, Decrees [Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules]
  • full text Law Reports / Judgements
  • Directory of Law Firms
  • an Index to Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (with some full text acts such as the Copyright Act, Labour Act)
  • Legal Education in Nigeria

The firm offers legal assistance by email. [KF]

Nigerian Law Registry
List of Nigerian universities with law faculties. The Consumers Center has links to anti-corruption, anti-fraud sites. News articles about the Nigerian Bar Association and law in Nigeria. Site owned by Emeka Maduewesi "with the Litigation Department of Townsend and Townsend and Crew, an intellectual property, anti-trust and commercial litigation law firm in San Francisco, California." He is also the author of "Introduction to Legal Literacy in Nigeria" (41 pages in PDF). Based in Oakland, California. [KF]

[Okonkwo] Ifejika Okonkwo & Associates
Legal and education consultants. "We specialize in providing educational, cultural, and legal services for International Development Programs." Includes map showing the Nigerian states.

Penal Reform International (London)
In English and  French. Discusses juvenile justice, criminal justice system, health in prisons, Gacaca (Rwanda), death penalty, community service alternatives. Has organized projects in more than 20 African countries. Full text reports, on-line films, and issues of their PRI Newsletter. [KF]

Research Institute on Democracy and Rule of Law | Institut De Recherche Sur La Democratie Et l'Etat De Droit, IRDED
"The Institute on Democracy and Rule of Law (l'Institut de Recherche sur la Démocratie et l'État de Droit) (IRDED) was founded in January 2007. It is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan research and educational organization that promotes policies that further democratic principles, the creation of a free society and the establishment of rule of law in West Africa, particularly in Guinea. The Institute is based in Conakry, Guinea." The President of the Board of Directors is Thierno Balde

Reseau senegalais "Droit, ethique, sante"
In French. Academic site on law and ethics as they relate to health issues. Full text papers, in PDF, from a Colloque de l’animation régionale du Réseau "Droit de la Santé", Dakar, 29-31 mars 2005. A full text Mémoire by Tohouégnon Opportin Félix Atchadé, "Les Médicaments Non Utilisés : Quelle place dans la stratégie d’accès aux médicaments ?" Information on academic programs. Lists of Mémoires, and theses, and more.

[Sao Tome e Principe] Diario da Republica
In Portuguese. Official government gazette. Access is by subscription. Has selected issues online, in Adobe pdf. On the web site of Portugal's Imprensa Nacional - Casa da Moeda. [KF]

In French. Some full text laws, directory of legal, government websites. "un ensemble complet d'informations juridiques et de services pratiques librement accessibles: accés aux textes de lois, jurisprudence,..." The site owner is Malick Ndiaye.

Sierra Leone Web - Laws
Full text and images of Sierra Leone laws. From Peter C. Andersen's excellent Sierre Leone Web.

Somaliland Law
Full text of the Somaliland Constitution, information on Somaliland laws.

Southern African Legal Information Institute, SAFLII
"...collects and publishes legal materials from Southern and Eastern Africa for free online access. ,,,, includes superior court judgments from AngolaBotswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.....includes a full consolidated collection of Uganda legislation and Lesotho caselaw."

Southern Africa Litigation Center
"...provides technical and monetary support to local and regional lawyers and organizations in litigating human rights and rule of law cases". Works in  AngolaBotswanaDemocratic Republic of Congo, LesothoMalawi,MozambiqueNamibiaSwazilandZambia, and Zimbabwe. Rights for women, the LGBT community, prisoners, etc, Its Trustees include Beatrice Mtetwa. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Southern African Society of Legal Historians
Promotes interest in legal history and brings together people interested in legal history both locally and abroad. Has the table of contents of its journal, Fundamina. Based at Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education, Potchefstroom, South Africa.

"...maintained by the Sierra Leone office of No Peace Without Justice, an international non-profit organisation working for accountability for violations of international humanitarian law." Has, in zip format, the indictments against Foday Saybana Sankoh, Johnny Paul Koroma, Sam Bockarie, Issa Hassan Sesay, Alex Tamba Brima, and Sam Hinga Norman for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and violations of international humanitarian law. Has Special Court documents, reports of No Peace Without Justice in Sierra Leone. Based in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Special Court for Sierra Leone
" independent treaty based institution, established by an Agreement between the United Nations and Sierra Leone." The Court tries crimes against humanity committed during the civil war. Court documents, U.N. documents, press releases, etc. Based in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

[Togo] Lois, Règlements et Jurisprudences du Togo
In French. Full text of acts, decrees from Togo's Journal officiel. Decisions and acts of the Supreme Court and Constitutional Court. Civil code (769 pages), etc. Maintained by Togo's Ministère de la Justice.

Uganda. Justice Law and Order Sector
Uganda Government body. The "Government of Uganda has embarked on new policy wherein institutions involved in the administration of justice are to plan strategically as a Sector." "To promote the rule of law, increase public confidence in the Criminal Justice System, and to enhance the ability of private sector to make and enforce commercial contracts."
Has full text publications (Baseline Study on Criminal Justice, Gender and Crime statistics, Baseline Study on Financial Management Sytems, Study on Gender and Access to Justice, Participatory Poverty Assessment on Safety, Security, and Access to Justice: Voices of the Poor in Uganda (60 pages), Crime Statistics Report from 1997-2001 (103 pages), Study on Sentencing and Offences Legislation in Uganda (46 pages). Based in Kampala, Uganda. [KF]

Uganda Law Society (Kampala, Uganda)
An NGO founded in 1964. Has a Members Directory, online Newsletter, information on its Legal Aid Project and other Ugandan legal aid providers. [KF]

Uganda Online Law Library
Court decisions (human rights, free speech, etc.), Uganda constitution, directory of lawyers, law firms, Access to Acts & laws, Regulations, Judgments require a Paid Membership. Based in Kampala, Uganda.

UNESCO. Collection of African Copyright Laws
In English, French, Spanish. Full text of each country's copyright law, in Adobe pdf.

United Nations, High Commission for Refugees
Use the Search form to locate maps, news, statistics on refugees. See the Research / Evalutation section for the full text of laws affecting refugees such as Refugees Acts, Sexual Offences Acts, Citizenship Acts, Immigration Acts, Constitutions, Prisons Acts, Extradition Acts. Country reports from various government and NGOs, extensive country Evaluation reports. [KF]

University of Pretoria. Faculty of Law. Centre for Human Rights
Offers masters degrees, short courses. Publishes Human Rights Law in Africa; with an extensive online bibliography covering African countries and specific issues (Rwanda Tribunal, etc.). Has links to related sites.

  • African Human Rights System (full text, includes regional treaties)
  • African Human Rights Documents (full text)
  • Occasional Papers (full text)
  • Has the full text or extracts of Constitutions for Algeria -- Angola -- Benin (French) -- Burkina Faso (French) --Cameroon --Cape Verde -- Central African Republic (French) -- Chad (French) -- Comoros (French) -- Congo (French) -- Côte d'Ivoire (French) -- Djibouti (French) -- Egypt -- Eritrea -- Ethiopia -- Gabon (French) -- Ghana -- Guinea (French) -- Kenya -- Liberia -- Libya -- Mali -- Mauritania -- Mauritius -- Morocco -- Mozambique -- Namibia -- Niger (French) -- Nigeria -- Rwanda -- Senegal -- Sierra Leone -- Tanzania -- Togo (French) -- Uganda -- Zimbabwe
  • Publishes African Human Rights Law Journal and the African Human Rights Law Reports

Washburn University. School of Law. Library - Washlaw
Has a directory of African law related sites. Washburn University is in Topeka, Kansas.

West African Public Interest Litigation Centre, WAPILC
Based in Abuja, Nigeria.

Women and Law in Southern Africa - Mozambique Country Office
In Portuguese (mainly) and English. A Feminist NGO concerned with "equality of rights and opportunities between women and men in the country, promoting changes in the law and in public policies, in access to and the administration of justice, and in social practices." Full text documents. Issues of its bulletin, Outras Vozes, are online. [KF]
Examples of articles:
Why Polygamy is Unacceptable in Family Law, in the Light of Human Rights
Abortion Related Morbidity and Mortality
The Significance of Widowhood for Women

Women in Law & Development in Africa - Ghana, WILDAF - Ghana
"...a pan-African, non-governmental, non-profit organisation that brings together individuals and organisations to promote a culture for the exercise and respect for women’s rights in Africa..." Full text reports such as "Advocacy for Better Implementation of Women's Rights in Ghana" By Dorcas Coker-Appiah and Joana Foster (22 p. in Word); "Violence Against Women" (19 p. in Word).

Zambia Legal Information Institute
"...established by the Law School of the University of Zambia." "The Institute's aim is to improve access to judgements, statutes and other legal materials of the Republic of Zambia."
Has the full text of:

  • Acts of Zambia: listed by year and by name
  • Constitution of Zambia
  • Court Rulings: Supreme Court, High Court, Industrial Relations Court, Land Tribunal, Revnue Tribunal
  • Supreme Court of Zambia Decisions: can be searched by year, by topic and by party name
  • Zambia Law Journal