The Kenyatta Trial as an International Legal Event: Decolonization, Civil Liberties and a Global History of Rebellious Lawyering
Fall 2017 Legal History Workshop
- Rohit De
Associate Research Scholar, Yale Law School
and Assistant Professor of History, Yale University
The paper argues that the international legal defense team assembled to defend Jomo Kenyatta during the Mau Mau insurrection was typical of its time, uncovering a hitherto ignored period of legal globalization, by showing how trials understood as “national events” in Asia, Africa and the Carribean were produced by an internationalist culture of civil liberties emerging from decolonization and the Cold War. Following Kenyatta’s lawyers as they move across jurisdictions defending unpopular causes and across time as they cope with the new postcolonial authoritarianisms, this project offers an alternate international history of rights emerging from Asia and Africa.
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