Recht in Afrika

Law in Africa | Droit en Afrique


The journal “Recht in Afrika” (Law in Africa) is the journal of the Gesellschaft für afrikanisches Recht e.V., founded in 1998 and published online since 2014. It is an information and discussion forum for the different and diverse forms of law, be it multinational, state, informal or traditional, that are applied on the African continent. Topics on current legal developments receive special attention.

“Law in Africa” publishes detailed essays on Africa-related legal topics, shorter reports on ongoing research projects, current events and academic conferences, as well as book reviews.

“Law in Africa” invites all those interested in legal developments in Africa from academia and practice, whether as teachers or learners, from Africa, Europe or other parts of the world, to contribute as authors and readers to the exchange on legal activities in Africa.

“Law in Africa” contains contributions in English, French and German.

ISSN Print 1435-0963
ISSN Online 2363-6270
Published semi-annually


African Law Association


Editorial Staff

  • Dr. Hatem Elliesie, MLE (V.i.S.d.P)
    Universität Leipzig, Orientalisches Institut, Leipzig, Germany
    (Vorsitzender des Vorstandes, Schriftleitung)

  • Prof. Dr. Hartmut Hamann 
    Hamann Rechtsanwälte, Stuttgart, Germany

  • PD Dr. Harald Sippel
    Universität Bayreuth, Germany


Dr. Hatem Elliesie, MLE
Universität Leipzig
Orientalisches Institut
Schillerstraße 6
04109 Leipzig

The journal and all texts and pictures are protected by copyright. Any use not expressly permitted by the copyright laws requires the prior consent of the editor or the publisher.
Documents and publications indicated by name are the responsibility of each individual author. Unsolicited manuscripts – for which no liability is assumed – are considered to be publication proposals to the conditions of the publisher.


Law in Africa is published twice a year. Law in Africa publishes detailed articles on Africa related to legal issues, shorter reports on ongoing research projects, current events and academic conferences as well as book reviews. Particular attention is given to topics regarding current legal developments, also with references to economic and political issues.

Law in Africa would like to initiate and deepen discussions. We can only accept unpublished original work. The articles may be subjected to minor editing which will not change its content.

Manuscripts (in German, English or French) may be submitted as an e-mail attachment and under the conditions that they have not been published elsewhere in any form and that they are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. A short abstract and some details about the author (both in English) should be added. We regret that no remuneration can be offered for publication. Contributions must be saved in a simple, editable (no PDF files please!) format, i.e. without automatic hyphenation, with a consistent font, and NO activated hyperlinks or other macros. The length of an article should not exceed 20 pages using 12 pt Times New Roman, line space 1.5. Please refrain from using bold type or underlining in the text, italics only sparingly.

Manuscripts are welcome at any time.

Open Access Policy

“Law in Africa” is an open access journal. In accordance with the editors’ intention, open access publishing permits free access to academic publications.

All articles in “Law in Africa” are published under a CC BY-NC licence. The full text is thus accessible for everyone while, at the same time, the authors’ rights are respected. Authors may archive the publisher version or their article (author’s personal website or institutional repository) under the conditions that a CC BY-NC license is applied and the published source (Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG) is acknowledged. The quality of the articles continues to be ensured through our peer review process and editorial control.

As long as nothing else is stated in the bibliographic notes, the Creative Commons Licence BY-NC-ND 3.0 applies to this content, i.e. it may be downloaded, filed and printed.

If such content is forwarded to anyone, it must include a full citation and particularly the following information:

  • names of all authors
  • the publication of record
  • book title or journal
  • the ‘DOI-link’ by which the contribution can be cited and looked up on the internet permanently.

When applying the Creative Commons Licence BY-NC 4.0, an open access publication must not be printed or republished for commercial purposes without the publisher’s written agreement. The journal does not levy any article processing charges. The African Law Association is funding publication of “Law in Africa”.

Authors publishing in this journal retain the copyright and full publishing rights without restrictions.

More information on the general open access policy of Nomos Publishing can be found here.

Peer Review Process

Description of the quality control system

Manuscripts are to be published in the trilingual journal Recht in Afrika – Law in Africa – Droit en Afrique after a highly selective and peer-refereed review process. The appraisal is carried out in a double-blind review process. The reviewers are renowned colleagues in the field of African law. They are especially required to consider the scholarly merit, the high content quality and the relevance of the papers offered to the editor. The Rules of Good Scientific Practice apply. Plagiarism is not accepted. Inappropriate submissions may be returned without formal review. Editorial decisions will be communicated directly to the author.

Abstracting & Indexing

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