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Britain and International Law in West Africa: The Practice of Empire

Inge Van Hulle


Africa often remains neglected in studies that discuss the historical relationship between international law and imperialism during the nineteenth century. When it does feature, scholarly focus tends to be on the late nineteenth century and on the treaties concluded between European powers and African polities in which sovereignty and territory were ceded. Through a contextual historical analysis, Inge Van Hulle complicates this traditional narrative. By reviewing the use and creation of legal instruments that expanded or delineated the boundaries between British jurisdiction and African commu ... More

Keywords: international law, legal history, imperialism, British Empire, West Africa, jurisdiction, slave trade, use of force, treaties

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198869863
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198869863.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Inge Van Hulle, author
Assistant Professor of Legal History, Tilburg University, The Netherlands