BLACK WOMEN AND INTERNATIONAL LAW: DELIBERATE INTERACTIONS, MOVEMENTS AND ACTIONS
From Compton to Cairo, Bahia to Brixton, black women have been disproportionally affected by poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, discrimination and violence. Despite being one of the largest and geographically dispersed groups in the world, they are rarely referenced or considered as a subject of analysis in international law literature. Thus, it is vital that scholars refashion global discourse by re-conceptualizing international law and relations from their unique experiences and perspectives. This collection covers a broad range of topics and issues that examine the complex interactions – as subjects and objects – between black women and international law. The book critically explores the manifold relationship between them with a view toward highlighting the historic and contemporary ways in which they have influenced and been influenced by transnational law, doctrine, norms, jurisprudence, public policy, public discourse and global governance.
“This book is a step towards realising a dream of effective international justice and equal human dignity – giving voice to the voiceless, naming the nameless and bringing the invisible into focus.” -Foluke I. Ipinyomi, African Journal of International and Comparative Law
Cambridge University Press (2015)
AFRICA CLAUS: ORIGINAL COLLECTORS EDITION
Africa Claus is a creative work – a work of fiction and non-fiction – that shares the life and times of a servant-leader miracle worker whose legacy continues to the present. Africa Claus is a Saint revered for his spiritual conviction, kindness, courage, brilliance and special gifts. He is Santa Claus’ oldest and dearest friend. Africa Claus is a multicultural character that has worked with Santa Claus to give gifts to faithful children around the world for centuries. His identity has been a closely held secret but is now being revealed to revive and restore faith in the true meaning of Christmas, sacrificial giving and the immaculate birth of Jesus Christ.
Africa Claus will help revive and restore faith in Christmas by answering age old questions about its true meaning and illuminate myths about how Santa Claus delivers presents to hundreds of millions of faithful children around the world, especially those that live in tropical regions and chimneyless homes.
“An original and imaginative story written in the spirit of Love and Generosity. A beautiful message to read at the holiday time for children of all ages.” –Linda L., Grandmother & Business Owner
ILLEGAL PEACE IN AFRICA: AN INQUIRY INTO THE LEGALITY OF POWER-SHARING WITH WARLORDS, REBELS & JUNTA
African states have become testing grounds for Western conflict-resolution experiments, particularly power-sharing agreements, supposedly intended to end deadly conflict, secure peace, and build democracy in divided societies. This volume examines the legal and political efficacy of transitional political power-sharing between democratically constituted governments and the African warlords, rebels, or junta that seek to violently unseat them.
“Professor Levitt’s book fills a gap in the literature concerning the law of non-international armed conflict and post-conflict reconstruction. Levitt argues persuasively that preference be given to peace agreements that comport with the rule of law, rather than politically expedient and extralegal arrangements because the latter risk the creation of power-sharing structures that not only result in impunity for international crimes, but lead to continued domestic abuses.”– James Crawford, Whewell Professor of International Law at the University of Cambridge
Cambridge University Press (2012)
HURRICANE KATRINA: AMERICA’S UNNATURAL DISASTER (JUSTICE AND SOCIAL INQUIRY)
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast states of Louisiana and Mississippi. The storm devastated the region and its citizens. But its devastation did not reach across racial and class lines equally. In an original combination of research and advocacy, Hurricane Katrina: America’s Unnatural Disaster questions the efficacy of the national and global responses to Katrina’s central victims, African Americans.
“Jeremy I. Levitt and Matthew C. Whitaker have prepared a fact-laden and analytically rich collection of writings about the social inequities that exacerbated the suffering wrought by Hurricane Katrina. It is an important contribution to a variety of disciplines including history, law, sociology, political science, and African American studies.”—Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard University Law School
University of Nebraska Press (2009)
AFRICA: MAPPING NEW BOUNDARIES IN INTERNATIONAL LAW
The principal aim of this work is to provide a forum for leading international lawyers with experience and interest in Africa to address a broad range of intellectual challenges concerning the contribution of African states and peoples to international law. As such, the volume addresses orthodox topics of international law – such as jurisdiction and intervention – but tackles them from an African perspective, and seeks to ask whether, in each case, the African perspective is unique or affirms existing arrangements of international law. The book cannot come at a more important time. While international legal discourse has been captured by the challenge of terrorism since September 11, 2001, there are clear signs that other issues are returning to the fore.
A powerful instalment presenting a welcome and fresh view of Africa. -Makau Mutua American Journal of International Law Volume 104, 2010
Hart Publishing (2008)
AFRICA: SELECTED DOCUMENTS ON CONSTITUTIVE, CONFLICT AND SECURITY, HUMANITARIAN, AND JUDICIAL ISSUES
At a time when the international community is focusing on the difficult problems of conflict and development in the nations of the African continent, this volume presents an important collection of current and essential documents. This comprehensive volume provides a ready reference to often hard-to-find documents and statutes for scholars, researchers, and policy-makers.
“In the field of international law, Africa is as unknown in other continents today as it was geographically to Europe in the 18th century. Yet, actions taken by ECOWAS, SADC and the creation of the AU and other developments should put Africa at the forefront of the international legal map. In this seminal work, Jeremy Levitt should be recognized as one of the great contemporary explorers. The book will serve as a guide to policy-makers, scholars and students alike.” -Yorum Dinstein, Professor Naval War College
Transnational Publishers (2003)
THE EVOLUTION OF DEADLY CONFLICT IN LIBERIA: FROM ‘PATERNALTARIANISM’ TO STATE COLLAPSE
This book represents the first attempt to holistically document and analyze the causes of deadly conflict in Liberia from its founding to the present. It reconstructs and examines the root, operational, and catalytic causes of eighteen internal deadly conflicts that transpired in Liberia between 1822 and 2003, including the 1980 coup d’e’tat against the Tolbert regime and the Great War (1989–2003). The book seeks to answer two primary questions: what are the historical causes of deadly conflict in Liberia, and to what extent has the evolution of settler nationalism contributed to the stimulation of conflict between settler and native Liberians?
“Levitt, for his part, makes a major contribution to our understanding both of Liberia’s past and how that past ought to inform our understanding of the present. Indeed, his is the first systematic accounting for the many nation-building conflicts of Liberia.” — African Studies Review
“Dr. Levitt has meticulously investigated the major violent conflicts in Liberia’s tortured history and convincingly traced their roots to political institutions of domination and control that remain at the foundation of Liberia’s system of governance today. The book’s message for Liberia’s future is unmistakable.” — Amos Sawyer, Professor and Associate Director, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University-Bloomington, and former Interim President of Liberia, IGNU
Carolina Academic Press (2005)