Friday, September 28, 2018

Feingold on decolonizing Tanzania

Ellen R. Feingold (museum curator and faculty affiliate, Georgetown University) has published Colonial Justice and Decolonization in the High Court of Tanzania, 1920-1971 with Palgrave Macmillan. From the publisher: 
This book is the first study of the development and decolonization of a British colonial high court in Africa. It traces the history of the High Court of Tanzania from its establishment in 1920 to the end of its institutional process of decolonization in 1971. This process involved disentangling the High Court from colonial state structures and imperial systems that were built on racial inequality while simultaneously increasing the independence of the judiciary and application of British judicial principles.  Feingold weaves together the rich history of the Court with a discussion of its judges – both as members of the British Colonial Legal Service and as individuals – to explore the impacts and intersections of imperial policies, national politics, and individual initiative. Colonial Justice and Decolonization in the High Court of Tanzania is a powerful reminder of the crucial roles played by common law courts in the operation and legitimization of both colonial and post-colonial states. 
Table of Contents after the jump:

1. Introduction

Part I: The High Court of Tanganyika under British rule, 1920-1958

2. Building a Judiciary for the Empire: The Development of the Colonial Legal Service
3. The Marginalization of the High Court under Indirect Rule, 1920-1944
4. The Resurgence and Expansion of Tanganyika's Judiciary, 1945-1958

Part II: Decolonising the High Court of Tanganyika, 1959-1971

5. Restructuring Colonial Justice, Empowering the High Court, 1959-1964
6. Colonial Judges in a Fading Empire, 1961-1965
7. Foreign Judges and the Emergence of a Tanzanian Judiciary, 1964-1971

8. Conclusion

Further information is available here.