Book Description

Review 'In his engaging new book, Bonny Ibhawoh navigates his reader through the complicated operation of imperial legality by uncovering the worlds of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) and the colonial appeal courts of West Africa (WACA) and East Africa (EACA) ... Throughout the book, Ibhawoh strikes a good balance between explaining the big picture and the details of many fascinating landmark cases ... This book successfully addresses pertinent questions about the nature of globalization by showing how both empires and marginal actors used judicial spaces to construct their own vision of power, citizenship, and Sovereignty.' -Trina Leah Hogg, Journal of African History'Imperial Justice opens the door of a rich archive that provides an additional lens to examine histories of empires. Along with laboratories of legal modernity, appeal courts also showed the forced insertion of Africans within liberalism, individualism, and capitalist monetization of human emotions such as grief and pain as well as the establishment of local rigid social hierarchies. Imperial Justice: African Empire's Court is a necessary monograph on the relationship between jurisprudence and the British Empire.' -Giusi Russo, Montgomery County Community College, The International Journal of African Historical Studies Read more About the Author Bonny Ibhawoh, Associate Professor, McMaster UniversityBonny Ibhawoh is an Associate Professor of History and Human Rights at McMaster University. He teaches and researches in the fields of African, imperial and legal history, human rights, and peace/conflict studies. His last book, Imperialism and Human Rights, was named Choice Outstanding Academic Title. Read more