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The last decade has witnessed a constitutional revival in Africa, with several countries adopting new constitutions. Several of these constitutions have been adopted following serious ethnic tensions, especially in the Great Lakes region. Because of the nature of the ethnic conflicts which were rooted in the repression of minority communities, the new constitutional frameworks regarding ethnicity and minority rights are going to be extremely significant for the peace and stability of the region. 

By analysing the recently adopted constitutions of Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, this presentation will examine the extent to which some of the most recently adopted constitutions of the continent are addressing, or not, the rights of the most marginalised minority communities. By focusing on the Great Lakes region, this presentation wishes to explore why there is still a general reluctance towards the recognition of minority rights in most African constitutions.

RSC Conference 2017: 'Beyond Crisis: Rethinking Refugee Studies'

The RSC is hosting this international conference on 16-17 March 2017.

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Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture

The Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture is named in honour of Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond, the founding Director of the Refugee Studies Centre. It is held each year in Michaelmas term.

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Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture

The Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture is held in Trinity term. It is named after Professor Elizabeth Colson, a renowned anthropologist.

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