The African continent exceeds in size and natural resources the combined territories of Europe, the US and China. Yet most Africans struggle just to survive. The authors of multiple chapters herein describe the experiences of different African countries, highlighting the need to use law to transform Africa's inherited institutions.
Ann Seidman and Robert B. Seidman have conducted research and taught courses relating to law and development in Africa since 1962. Now at Boston University's School of Law, they have served as consultants in projects to strengthen legislative drafting capacity and law-making institutions in over 20 countries. Pumzo Mbana, a South African lawyer, has co-edited Africas Challenge as a part of his second year project as a Fulbright Scholar in the Brandis University MA programme. Hanson Hu Li graduated from Peking University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before attending law school at Boston University.