Records of the SOAS Restatement of African Law Project

Scope and Content

Records, 1902-1977 and undated, of and accumulated by the Restatement of African Law Project (RALP), School of Oriental and African Studies, comprising papers of RALP relating to administration, including minutes; and research material, such as notes, publications, theses, and other collected papers, on ethnic groups and places including Basutoland (Lesotho), Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Northern Rhodesia and Zambia, Sierra Leone, the Sudan, Tanganyika, Zanzibar and Tanzania, and Uganda, relating to customs, aspects of law including succession, slavery, marriage and divorce, land tenure, legal systems, including customary law, legislation, courts, and particular legal cases.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Restatement of African Law Project was a research initiative based at the Department of Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), active from the 1950s to the 1970s. Dr Antony N Allott (1924-2002), successively Lecturer, 1948, Reader, 1960, Professor, 1964, and Emeritus Professor, 1987, of African Law at SOAS, was involved in the project and edited the resulting series of publications (published by Sweet and Maxwell from 1968).

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Transferred by the Department of Law at SOAS and received in the Library in 1994.


There are anomalies within the handlist regarding items listed as belonging to boxes 28, 29 and 30. Please consult with Archivist for accurate citations.

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished outline handlist

Appraisal Information

The papers were weeded following consultation with Dr A N Allott and a large amount of material was removed.