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Title: Former British Colonies: The Constructive Role of African Courts in the Development of Private International Law
Author(s): Okoli, Pontian
Date Deposited: 28-Jun-2022
Citation: Okoli P (2022) Former British Colonies: The Constructive Role of African Courts in the Development of Private International Law. University of Bologna Law Review.
Abstract: Significant strides have been made in efforts to facilitate the resolution of international disputes in Africa. However, cross-border issues that concern private litigants have remained challenging. One major reason is the legal history of relevant countries which often makes it difficult to contextualize legal principles inherited before independence. It is sometimes unclear how African courts determine the current law and how their discretionary powers should be used. This article examines the connections between legal traditions and the legal methods that are required to ensure that there is a sustainable development of private international law in Africa. In this regard, a core enquiry is set on a tripartite structure: law in context, fidelity to context and functionalist approaches are essential elements that should drive the resolution of disputes in private international law matters. A dominant theme is how areas such as foreign judgments need to be examined through appropriate interpretational mechanisms.
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