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Document Type

Symposium

Publication Date

Summer 2018

Publication Citation

25 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 639 (2018)

Abstract

Africa is the "Global Economy's Last Frontier"! Images of the African continent as a boon of mineral riches, and a new legal Far West pervade media and scholarly accounts. Yet, these images tend to reflect the protracted political and development dependency of African states, with lawyers involved in corporate dealings on the continent either denounced as mercenaries at the service of neo-colonial "looting" or idealized as missionaries of the rule of law. This article suggests a research strategy that moves away from these ideological and political accounts. It uses lawyers' trajectories and professional strategies as an entry-point to reglobalize the longue dure of the unequal and uneven connections between Africa and the world. The "Africa" Bar in Paris- the empirical focus of this article-emerges as a microcosm of such interconnected and enduring histories of globalization. Offshore, yet connected, this Bar is a "cross-roads"s pace acrossp olitics and economics, shaped by the legacies of the ties between Paris, the metropole, and its former African colonies, and ongoing waves of corporate legal globalization from the U. S. toward Europe and most recently the African continent.

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