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Africa: sub-Saharan jurisdictions: Home

Subjects: Law - Foreign Law

Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers studying the law and legal systems and traditions of the countries of sub-Saharan Africa at the University of Oxford, although students and researchers from any field may find it useful.

Use this guide to find out about sources and commentary for sub-Saharan jurisdictions, including ebooks, ejournals, and databases.

Sub-Saharan Africa: quick start

The Law Bod has subscriptions to some specialist legal databases for law reports from African jurisdictions: for licensing reasons access is limited to current OU students & faculty members. For more information & how to access them see links below.

There are some reliable sources of African law on the free web. SAFLII is the most useful starting point, particularly if you are interested in jurisdictions belonging to the common law or Anglo-American legal tradition. 

Please check the other sections of this guide (eg under the name of the individual country), as they may already have links to these sources.

The LawBod shelves its collections of printed materials for individual African nations in discrete sections, with shelf marks including the country name (or an abbreviation of it) on Level One. Please ask a member of staff for directions when you visit the Law Bod.

Depth of coverage varies considerably: you may well discover that for some countries the collection has an historic rather than a current emphasis. Our largest collection is for South Africa - for more information on this jurisdiction please consult our dedicated Libguide)

Printed works which deal with more than one jurisdiction (eg comparative studies) are in a separate section of the LawBod with shelf marks starting General or KB, on Level Two.

Some works shelved in General section which may serve as useful introductions:

SOLO is the online Union catalogue to discover Bodleian libraries' collections.

If you would like some help with SOLO, please try the online guide below - and/or have a chat with a librarian when next in the Law Bod!

If you are having difficulty using SOLO there is an online guide below

Your searches in SOLO may well reveal other Bodleian Libraries have material which would support your research. 
In most cases, if you have a current Oxford University Card or a Bodleian Reader's Card, you will already be able to access these libraries - however, please do check information on the other Libraries' own websites, particularly their location & opening hours.

Research Network

"The Africa Oxford Initiative (AfOx) is a cross-university platform for academic and research collaborations between the University of Oxford and African researchers and institutions. The Initiative supports the work of universities and research institutions across Africa and facilitates the development of equitable and extensive collaborations between Oxford and African institutions."

Related Bodleian Guides

Key Libraries

The Bodleian African research collections are held in The Charles Wendell David Reading Room in the Weston Library.  Other related collections, both lending and reference, are housed  in the Bodleian Social Science Library,  and the History Faculty Library.