Pioneer African Women in Law Project (PAWLP)

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Call for Publications
District Of Columbia, United States
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Law and Legal History, Political History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies



Women across the continent of Africa have historically played important leadership roles. Today, despite colonial re-gendering of our societies, African women continue to rise. The Pioneer African Women in Law Project (PAWLP) is a digital archive project designed to document in one collection, the lives and contributions of African women pioneers in the different fields of law across Africa.


What areas of the law are included? AND What is the measure of a pioneer?

A “pioneer” is measured by any woman who was the “first” in any  field of the legal professions in any country-- first woman lawyer, magistrate, judge, prosecutor, attorney general, chief justice, first president of apex court,  law professor, first female Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), first woman president of a legal association, e.g. national bar association, Commonwealth association of judges or lawyers etc.


Who can submit an entry?

  • Entries are open to all interested authors. Cross and interdisciplinary submissions are especially welcome.
  • Entries should be original and not previously published elsewhere

Deadline for submissions?

  1. Send an email of expression of interest to confirm if the entry is still available. Once you have the greenlight, you have one month to submit your entry.
  2. Entries are accepted on a rolling basis till all “pioneers” are covered.

What are the requirements for an entry?

All submissions have to meet the following criteria;

  1. Typed in microsoft word and no more than 2000 words (including all references)
  2. Use endnotes to cite all references and outside work consulted
  3. Provide a picture of the person where possible (please make sure there are no copyright restrictions).

Content of entries

All entries should aim to include the following information;

  1. Early life, including family background
  2. Educational background
  3. Professional achievements, focusing especially on the “first” role.
  4. Contributions the person made to the law, the profession and other social, cultural and political areas as applicable.
  5. A closing statement why you think the person is a pioneer in the field.

How do I submit my entry?

Email your entry as a word attachment to: In the subject line use “PAWLP SUBMISSION”

Enquiries: All inquiries should be directed to:

What happens after I submit my entry?

We will review your entry and get back to you as soon as we are done editing. Once your submission is approved, it will be published on our website and in a forthcoming book project.

Contact Info: 

Institute for African Women in Law