Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law

Prior to 1981 this Journal was named:






NUMBER 17 / 1979




SIMON ROBERTS, Senior Lecturer in Law, London School of Economics. Born 1941. Educated London School of Economics (LL.B., Ph.D.). Lecturer in Law at Institute of Public Administration, Blantyre, Malawi, 1963-64. Adviser on Customary Law to the Government of Botswana 1968-71. Publications include Tswana Family Law (1972), Law and the Family in Africa (editor) (1977), Order and Dispute: An Introduction to Legal Anthropology (Pelican, January 1979), and various articles. His latest book, Rules and Processes: the Cultural Logic of Dispute in an African Context, written with an anthropologist, Professor J.L. Comaroff, of the University of Chicago, is to be published shortly. Co-editor of Journal of African Law, member of the Editorial Committee of Modern Law Review, member of the editorial board of the International Journal for the Sociology of Law, and associate editor of African Law Studies. Principal field research in Botswana, 1968-70, 1971, 1973. 


J.F. HOLLEMAN is Professor of Customary Law and Legal Development in Non-Western Societies at the University of Leiden, Holland. Born in the former Dutch-East-Indies he studied law and anthropology in South Africa, where he obtained his doctorate from the University of Cape Town in 1950. He has done fieldwork in Zululand and (more extensively) among Shona-speaking tribes in Rhodesia, besides directing various researches in other African countries. Having held both administrative and academic posts in southern Africa, his main interests lie in the field of legal pluralism and the disparities between law and social reality. His publications in this field include Shona Customary Law (1952), Chief, Council and Commissioner (1969), Issues in African Law (1974).


ETIENNE LEROY is Maître-Assistant at the Université de Paris, from which he holds doctorates in law and in ethnology. His principal research has been conducted in Senegal, and he has also taught and carried out research in the République Populaire du Congo. He is a founding member of the Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Juridique in Paris and has published widely on African law.


PETER SEVAREID is Professor of Law at Temple University. He was educated at Harvard (A.B. 1963), Georgetown (J.D. 1966), and Yale (LL.B. 1972). After practicing law in Washington, D.C., he taught at the Kenya Institute of Administration from 1968- 71, serving as editor of the East African Law Journal from 1969-71. His recent work on African law has concerned mainly Ghana and Liberia