Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law


NUMBER 34 / 1994





Sufian Hemed BUKURURA is Lecturer in Law at the Institute of Development Management (IDM), Mzumbe (Tanzania). He was born in Bukoba, Tanzania, studied law at the University of Dar es Salaam (1981-84), and worked as State Attorney Trainee before joining IDM in December 1984. He obtained an LL.M. in Law and Development at the University of Warwick, Britain, in 1988. In 1990 he began research in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, Britain. He did fieldwork on Sungusungu and local governance in Tanzania between August 1991 and September 1992. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1994 for a dissertation on vigilantism and the maintenance of order in rural Tanzania. He is author of several papers on local government and Sungusungu. His current research interests include local governance, informal justice mechanisms and public partici­pation in justice administration.


Marc COONEY is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Georgia, USA, where he has worked since 1987.  He was born in Dublin, Ireland, and obtained LL.B. and LL.M. degrees from University College Dublin in 1976 and 1980.  He also holds LL.M. and SJD degrees from Harvard Law School, and a Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology, University of Virginia.  He has been a lecturer in law at University College Dublin and the University of Zimbabwe.  His Ph.D. thesis was entitled `Law, Morality and Conscience: the social control of homicide in modern America'.  His current work focuses on homicide and social structure, being a theoretical treatment of homicide and its control in human societies.


Henry Seidu DAANNAA was born in the Upper Northwest Region of Ghana. He obtained his LL.B. degree from the University of Ghana, and thereafter began research in legal anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has completed several periods of fieldwork in Wa and Chakali, Ghana. He was awarded the degree of Ph.D. by the University of London in 1992 for a thesis on the impact of state law on custom and leadership in a post-colonial state. He is continuing to write on the legal history of the acephalous Chakali of Northern Ghana.


Heleen F.P. IETSWAART is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Legal Pluralism.  See number 28 for a fuller biography.


Ernest E. UWAZIE has since 1991 been Assistant Professor in the Division of Criminal Justice, California State University, Sacramento, USA. He obtained a BA in 1984 and an MA in 1986 in Criminal Justice at St Edward's University, Austin, Texas. He gained the degree of Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 1991 for a thesis on disputing modes and strategies among the Ibos of eastern Nigeria. As part of this research he conducted fieldwork in Iboland, Nigeria. He has published papers on, inter alia: political and legal development in Nigeria; indigenous modes of disputing in Nigeria, and their implications for alternative dispute resolution in the USA; the possibilities of indigenous peaceful resolution of the Somalia conflict; and dispute-processing among Nigerians in a US urban area.