Colonial Justice and Decolonization in the High Court of Tanzania, 1920-1971

  • Ellen R. Feingold

Part of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series book series (CIPCSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Ellen R. Feingold
    Pages 1-22
  3. The High Court of Tanganyika Under British Rule, 1920–1958

  4. Decolonising the High Court of Tanganyika, 1959–1971

  5. Ellen R. Feingold
    Pages 237-243
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 245-278

About this book


This book is the first study of the development and decolonization of a British colonial high court in Africa. It traces the history of the High Court of Tanzania from its establishment in 1920 to the end of its institutional process of decolonization in 1971. This process involved disentangling the High Court from colonial state structures and imperial systems that were built on racial inequality while simultaneously increasing the independence of the judiciary and application of British judicial principles.  Feingold weaves together the rich history of the Court with a discussion of its judges – both as members of the British Colonial Legal Service and as individuals – to explore the impacts and intersections of imperial policies, national politics, and individual initiative. Colonial Justice and Decolonization in the High Court of Tanzania is a powerful reminder of the crucial roles played by common law courts in the operation and legitimization of both colonial and post-colonial states. 


British Empire Tanganyika law judges High Court national independence justice race foreign policy

Authors and affiliations

  • Ellen R. Feingold
    • 1
  1. 1.Georgetown UniversityWashington, DCUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-69690-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-69691-1
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