Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law

Prior to 1981 this Journal was named:






NUMBER 13 / 1976




A.N.E. AMISSAH is Justice of Appeal in Ghana. Before his appointment to the Bench he was: Visiting Professor of Law, University of Virginia Law School (l974); Fe1low of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C. (1973); Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana (1969-73); Director of Public Prosecutions and Acting Attorney-General (1962-66); State Attorney (1960-62); and Crown Counsel (1955-60).


YASH P. GHAI is a member of the Faculty of Law of the University of Uppsala and a Fellow of the Nordiska Afrikainstitutet.  He took a degree in Jurisprudence at Oxford, and an LL.M. at Harvard.  He has been Dean and Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Dar es Salaam; Senior Fellow of the Program in Law and Modernization at Yale Law School; Research Director of the International Legal Center. He is currently an legal advisor to the Government of Papua New Guinea.


ROBIN LUCKHAM is a Fellow of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. He did an under-graduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University and received his doctorate in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 1969. Since 1963 he has taught or done research at Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, the University of Manchester, the University of Ghana, and Harvard University. He is author of the Nigerian Mi1itary: A Sociological Analysis of Authority and Revolt 1960-67 (Cambridge University Press, 1971), and co-editor (with Denis Austin) of Politicians and Soldiers in Ghana 1966-1972 (Frank Cass, 1975). He is completing a book based on the research described in this article. His main teaching and research interests are in political sociology, the sociology of development and underdevelopment, militarism, the professions and the sociology of law.


PETER SEVAREID is Professor of Law at Temple University. He took his first law degree at Georgetown University. Subsequently, he was a lecturer in law at the Kenya Institute for Administration, legal adviser to the Kenya Ministry of Local Government, and editor of the East African Law Journal. Since then he took an LL.M. degree at Yale Law School. He has written extensively on administrative law in Africa. He is currently Director of the Temple University Law School summer program in Ghana.