African Law Interest Group

Welcome to the African Law Interest Group page. This group is open to anyone who is a member of AALL. We encourage you to join the FCIL-SIS African Law IG Discussion Group in My Communities and become part of our ongoing conversation. If you are unable to attend the annual meeting or if you have any questions about this group, its mission, or how to join, you may also reach out to the interest group chair for additional information.


This project builds on the 2014 initiative spearheaded by Alison Shea and Victor Essien (Former Chair of the African Law Interest Group) to compile the print holdings of African primary source materials across all US law libraries. This effort is a compilation of African Primary Source Holdings in print in the United States and Canadian law libraries. The list includes the following materials originating from across the African continent:

  • Official Gazettes
  • Codifications
  • Session Laws
  • Law Reports
  • Statutes and Regulations

These materials are available in their original official languages including English, French and Portuguese. The list includes holdings from 18 academic libraries in the United States, Canada, and the Library of Congress. As of July 2022, the list is now available on the Open Access page of the LLMC Digital database – African Law Print Holdings. Hover over Online services to access a dropdown menu. The “African Law Print Holdings” downloadable file is listed last. If the entry isn’t showing, click browse collections under Online Services to have the entry appear in the dropdown menu. No subscription is required to access the list.

The African IG is grateful for the financial support it received from the SSHRC Explore Grant (York University) and the Research Intensification Fund (Osgoode Hall Law School), and for the research assistance provided by Lynie Awywen (MLIS graduate University of Toronto) and Osgoode JD students Karry-Ann Cornwall and Ruonan Pei. The guidance and support of Dean Mary Condon, Osgoode Hall Law School, is deeply appreciated.