This speech was delivered at Northern Illinois University on April 20, 2007, as part of the Francis X. Riley lecture on professionalism. The speech highlights some of the difficult political issues faced by many African nations in arguing that legal professionalism imposes a duty on the judiciary to contribute to the building of long-term institutions of stability in fragile political environments.
Northern Illinois University Law Review
"Nation Building in Africa and the Role of the Judiciary,"
Northern Illinois University Law Review: Vol. 28:
2, Article 3.
Modibo Ocran, Nation Building in Africa and the Role of the Judiciary, 28 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 169 (2008).