Law in relation to Africa is represented in research and teaching by an extraordinary professor. The areas covered include civil law, comparative law, legal sociology and legal anthropology.
Major research areas are family and inheritance law, and land rights, areas that are strongly characterized by legal pluralism: numerous customary and religious laws exist alongside state legislation, with many forms of mutual influence and mixing as a result. Superimposed on this pluralistic situation are the human rights contained in international and regional conventions, as well as in national constitutions. The modes of interaction between these different sources of law and legal subsystems, and their results in respect of family and inheritance law and land rights are examined in selected African countries.