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CSD Conference 2010 Programme

Friday 10 September

Throughout the day – Arrival of participants

19.30 Opening dinner for conference participants


Saturday 11 September

8.30 – 8.45 Registration and coffee

8.45 – 9.00 Welcome

§ Word of welcome – John McEldowney, School of Law, Warwick and Renske Doorenspleet, Centre for Studies in Democratisation

§ Word on the South-North partnership – Lia Nijzink, Project Coordinator, Cape Town


Part 1 Law and Politics in One Party Dominant Regimes

9.00 – 10.30 Chair: Christina Murray (Cape Town, Law)

§ The Rule of Law and Dominant Party Systems: Connections

Presenter: Peter Burnell (Warwick, Politics)

§ Comparative Analysis: The Rule of Law, Human Rights and Autonomy in an Era of Centralisation and One Party Dominant Regimes

Presenter: John McEldowney (Warwick, Law)

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break


Part 2 One Party Dominance and Rule of Law: Conceptual Discussions

11.00 – 12.30 Chair: Renske Doorenspleet (Warwick, Politics)

§ Measuring the Rule of Law

Presenter: Abdul Paliwala (Warwick, Law)

Discussant: Peter Ferdinand (Warwick, Politics)

§ What is One Party Dominance? A Conceptual Discussion

Presenter: Gero Erdmann (GIGA, Politics)

Discussant: Peter Burnell (Warwick, Politics)

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch break


Part 3 One Party Dominance in South Africa

13.30 – 15.00 Chair: Peter Burnell (Warwick, Politics)

§ One Party Dominance in South Africa

Presenter: Thiven Reddy (Cape Town, Politics)

Discussant: Lise Rakner (Bergen, Politics)

§ South Africa: The Precariousness of the Rule of Law

Presenter: Sam Adelman (Warwick, Law)

Discussant: David Salter (Warwick, Law)

15.00 – 15.30 Tea break

15.30 – 17.00 Chair: Lise Rakner (Bergen, Politics)

§ The South African Constitutional Court and One Party Dominance

Presenter: Christina Murray (Cape Town, Law)

§ Multi-Partyism, Rule of Law and Judicialisation of Politics in Nigeria

Presenter: Hakeem Yusuf (Belfast, Law)

Discussant: John McEldowney (Warwick, Law)

19.30 Dinner for conference participants


Sunday 12 September

Part 4 One Party Dominance in Tanzania

9.00 – 10.30: Chair: Lia Nijzink (Cape Town, Law)

§ One Party Dominance in Tanzania

Presenter: Mohammed Bakari (Dar es Salaam, Politics)

Discussant: Richard Whitehead (Bergen, Politics)

§ Single Party Rule in a Multiparty Age: Tanzania in Comparative Perspective

Presenter: Richard Whitehead (Bergen, Politics)

Discussant: Peter Burnell (Warwick, Politics)

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break


Part 5 One Party Dominance Reversed: Zambia and Mali

11.00 – 12.30 Chair: Renske Doorenspleet (Warwick, Politics)

§ The Zambian Party System: One Party Dominance Reversed

Presenter: Neo Simutanyi (CPD, Politics)

Discussant: Lise Rakner (Bergen, Politics)

§ The Party System in Mali: One Party Dominance Reversed

Presenter: Martin Van Vliet (NIMD, Politics)

Discussant: Peter Burnell (Warwick, Politics)

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch break


Part 6 Comparative Conclusions: Roundtable

13.30 – 15.00 Chair: Peter Burnell (Warwick, Politics)

§ Explaining One Party Dominance in Africa: A Framework for Comparative Analysis

Presenters: Renske Doorenspleet (Warwick, Politics) & Lia Nijzink (Cape Town, Law)

Discussant: Lise Rakner (Bergen, Politics)

§ Rule of law and Dominant Party Systems: Some Solutions

Presenters: David Salter and John McEldowney (Warwick, Law)

15.00 – 15.30 Tea break

15.30 – 16.00 The Way Forward

§ The way forward

§ Plans for publication – Renske Doorenspleet (Warwick, Politics)

16.00 Excursion for conference participants followed by dinner at 19.30