Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law


NUMBER 20 / 1982




SIMON F.R. COLDHAM took a B.A. degree at Oxford University in 1963, and an M.A. at London University in 1972. He was a Lecturer in Law at the University of Nairobi from 1973 to 1974, and at the University of Birmingham from 1974 to 1978. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of London in 1977 for a thesis entitled “Registration of Title to Land in the Former Special Areas of Kenya.” Since 1978 he has been a Lecturer in Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His recent publications include: “Land Control in Kenya”[l978] J.A.L. 63; “Effect of Registration of Title Upon Customary Land Rights in Kenya” [1978] J.A.L. 91; and “Colonial Policy and the Highlands of Kenya, 1934-1944” [1979] J.A.L. 65.


PETER FITZPATRICK is Senior Lecturer in Law and Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury. He studied law at Queensland and London Universities before teaching it at the University of Papua New Guinea. In PNG he worked in the office of the Prime Minister on development matters and legal projects, including the establishment of community level economic and political organisations. His writings concern primarily the political economy of law in the Third World. He is the author of Law and State in Papua New Guinea, reviewed in this issue.


YASH GHAI is Professor of Law at Warwick University. He published ‘Notes towards a Theory of Law and Ideology: Tanzanian Perspectives,” in vol. 13 of African Law Studies, and fuller biographical details appear there. He is the author (with P. McAuslan) of Public Law and Political Change in Kenya, and the editor of Political Economy of Public Enterprise.


CAROL GREENHOUSE, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Cornell University, received her undergraduate and doctoral training in anthropology at Harvard University, receiving her Ph.D. in 1976) with a dissertation on “Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Jonesboro, Georgia.” She has done field research on conflict and conflict resolution in a small town in Georgia, within federal bureaucracies in Portland, Oregon and Balitmore, Maryland, and in Zinacantec (Chiapas, Mexico). Her publications include “Avoidance as a Strategy for Resolving Conflict in Zinacantec,” in Patterns of Conflict Management: Essays in the Ethnographv of Law, ed. K.-F. Koch, vol. 4, 1979, Access to Justice, gen. ed. M.Cappelletti.


EMILE LEBRIS is Chargé d’enseignements at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France. He obtained the Licence and the Diplôme d’Etudes supérieures at the Université de Paris and holds the Agrégation de Géographie. For ten years he worked in the Office de la Recherche Scientifique et Technique Outre-Mer, most recently as a Maître de Recherches. He conducted fieldwork in Togo between 1971 and 1976 on demographic pressure, population movements and urbanization, and land questions viewed as the study of social relations in their spatial aspect. His publications include Capitalisme négrier (with P.P. Rey)(l976), “Une politique de développement rural dans le sud-est du Togo,” Cahiers ORSTOM, série Sciences Humaines 14, 2 (1977); “Migration and the Decline of a Densely Populated Area: The Case of Vo Koutime in South-East Togo,” African Perspectives 1 (1978); “Surpression démographique et évolution foncière: le cas du sudest du Togo,” African Perspectives 2 (1979); and, most recently, “Contenu géographique et contenu social de la notion de résidence” in a special issue of the Cahiers d’Etudes Africaines on “Villes Africaines au microscope” (in press), of which he is co-editor.


B.A. RWEZAURA is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of Dar es Salaam. He received his LL.B. degree from Makerere University, his LL.M. from Harvard University, and his Ph.D. from Warwick in 1982. His dissertation is entitled “Social and Legal Change in Kuria Family Relations.”


RÜDIGER SCHOTT is Professor of Ethnology at the University of Münster, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of this journal. He studied ethnology, geography, prehistory, comparative religion, and psychology in Bonn, Göttingen, and London from 1948-1954. His Ph.D. dissertation was on “Economic Order and Food Distribution among Hunters-and-Gatherers” (1955). His Habilitation took place in 1964 at the University of Bonn. He has done ethnographic fieldwork among the Bulsa in Northern Ghana in 1966/67 and 1974/75, The list of references following his article in this issue includes a large number of his writings.


FRANCIS SNYDER is an associate editor of this journal. A full biography appeared in vol. 19 in connection with his article, “Colonialism and Legal Form--The Creation of ‘Customary Law’ in Senegal.”


C.N. UBAH is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Archaeology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He obtained his M.A. from the University of Ghana and his Ph.D. from the University of Ibadan.


DAVID V. WILLIAMS is a graduate in History and in Law from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, with a postgraduate degree in law from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He taught at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 1972 to 1974 and again from 1978 to 1980. He is presently a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and is working on a comparative study of the role of law in the colonization of Tanganyika and of New Zealand.