Call for Papers – The Inaugural University of Nairobi and Oxfam Strategic Litigation in Africa Colloquium, 2019


The University of Nairobi’s School of Law and Oxfam International are pleased to issue this call for papers of the inaugural international conference on Strategic Litigation in Africa. This international conference brings together strategic litigation practitioners, scholars/researchers, activists and policy makers to interrogate and examine the use of strategic litigation in Africa as a tool to drive social, political and legal reform, empower communities to influence decisions that affect their lives, and drive access to justice.

Theme: “Strategic Legal Mechanisms for Delivering Social and Economic Justice in Africa Conference”

Date: October 2 – 4, 2019

Venue: University of Nairobi, Main Campus, UoN Towers (Sixth Floor, Chandaria Centre for Performing Arts)


At this time, the convenors of the conference seek submissions of abstracts covering (but are not limited to) the following broad areas for consideration;

➢ Women’s rights;

➢ Land and environment;

➢ Health;

➢ Human & peoples’ rights;

➢ The ethics and politics of strategic litigation;

➢ Development of meaningful strategies for strategic litigation and the coordination of strategic litigation between intervening organisations and stakeholders;

➢ Reviewing the role of interveners in strategic litigation: Do their arguments really matter?

➢ Developing effective policy and legal advocacy strategies in addition to strategic litigation;

➢ Case analyses to extract lessons from successful as well as unsuccessful public interest litigation across various substantive areas;

➢ Does strategic litigation really deliver social justice for communities or is it a mere academic exercise;

➢ Gendered dimensions of strategic litigation; and

➢ An analysis of how strategic litigation has been used or can be employed to hold corporations accountable for human rights violations in the communities they work in.

Submission Guideline

Abstracts of papers in MICROSOFT WORD format should be of no more than 350 words and must be submitted by email to [email protected] by July 24, 2019.

Panel proposals will also be accepted and are due on July 24, 2019.

The abstracts must be accompanied by a brief biography of not more than 125 words, along with the affiliation of the author(s). Participants will receive notification of acceptance by August 7, 2019.

Persons will then be required to submit their completed papers as an attachment in MICROSOFT WORD format to the above email address by the firm deadline of September 5, 2019.


  • To make the colloquium interactive, full papers will be posted online and will be accessible prior to the Conference.
  • Following the acceptance of abstracts, presenters will be given specific guidelines for developing their full papers, which will be considered for publication in a peer reviewed book.

Submission deadline

Abstract: July 24, 2019

Full Paper: September 5, 2019

Download full call here


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