The History of Black Lawyers in South Africa

Convened by Professor Jonathan Klaaren, WISER

Parallel to a rising interest in the globalization of the contemporary legal profession, locally based scholarship on the history of black lawyers has seen a recent mini-boom.  One focus has been the role of lawyers in nationally constitutive thought.  Another theme has been the recovery and uncovering of several distinct internal professional borders.  Some of this scholarship also takes a resolutely regional perspective, exploring multiple aspects of several Southern African borders.  This project on the histories of black lawyers works with and alongside these growing strands of scholarship, aiming to critically explore the construction and participation of black legal professionals in the South(ern) African legal and social order(s).

The project will issue an open call for research papers shortly and will convene an event on this topic in the second semester of 2022.

Details will be published on this website link.

Please contact Jonathan Klaaren at for more information

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