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African Yearbook of International Law. Volume 13, Issue 1 (2005), p. 43-64.


The special theme of this volume of the Yearbook, i.e. "Reflections on Some Forms of Statehood in Africa," invites contributor and reader alike to grapple with an abstract concept that has nevertheless proved to be highly consequential to the lived experience of virtually every African - at least since the mid-nineteenth century. Despite the increasingly extensive literature on the subject,l both within and without the legal academe, the topic is so complex, so controversial, so socially relevant, and so widely misunderstood still, that it does deserve further attention in a Yearbook such as this.

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