Member of Faculty
Department of Private Law, UWC Law Faculty
|Assoc Prof Anthony C Diala|
Bio in brief
Anthony C. Diala is a legal anthropologist, an advocate, and an associate professor in the Department of Private Law at UWC. His interdisciplinary research focuses on legal pluralism, specifically the interplay of African customary law and state law, and their effect on law reforms and legal emancipation. He has researched, lectured, and advocated across four continents, notably in the International Criminal Court at the Hague, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, Uganda, the Justice and Peace Commission, Nigeria, and universities in South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda and Somaliland.
Diala is rated as an ‘established researcher’ (C2) by the South African National Research Foundation. He is the 2020 Diaspora Scholar at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, a workshop leader for the Next Generation in Africa programme of the Social Science Research Council of New York, a member of the Research Quality Plus College of Reviewers of Canada’s International Development Research Centre, and a member of the College of Senior Mentors of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa. He has won grants and held fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Nordic Africa Institute, the Social Science Research Council of New York, the Institute of International Education, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the South African National Research Foundation.
A butterfly that thinks itself a bird: The identity of customary courts in Nigeria
Courts and transformative constitutionalism: Insights from South Africa
Curriculum decolonisation and revisionist pedagogy of African customary law
Legal pluralism and social change: Insights from matrimonial property rights in Nigeria
Normative intersectionality in married women’s property rights in southern Nigeria, pgs 86-108
Peacebuilding and the interface of state law and indigenous market laws in Southern Nigeria
Rethinking customary law and women’s property rights
Rethinking the interface between customary law and constitutionalism in sub-Saharan Africa
The role of customary law in the shaping of new models of pluralistic states