• founded in 2014
  • 8 conferences
  • 60-100 participants each year
  • participants from 41 countries
  • 5 resulting publications
Read the ACLARS Constitution

The African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ACLARS) was formally launched in May 2014 at the Second Conference on Law and Religion in Africa, held at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

Prof dr Pieter Coertzen was named the first President of ACLARS, to be assisted by Board Members 
Cole Durham, Rosalind Hackett, Mark Hill, Nico Horn, Nokuzola Mndende, Is-haq Oloyede, Mary Anne Plaatjies van Huffel, Kofi Quashigah, Jean-Baptiste Souru,  Johan van der Vyver, Francois Venter,  M. Christian Green, Len Hansen,  and David Jallah.

Professor Kofi Quashigah was elected President of ACLARS at the 7th Meeting, held in Botswana in May 2019. Additional Board Members include Brett Scharffs and Muhammed Haron, Secretary Lesley-Anne Alexander, with Deborah Wright and Donlu Thayer as members of the Secretariat.

Additional Board Members (subsequent to the founding) include Brett Scharffs and Muhammed Haron. Secretary to the Board is Lesley-Anne Alexander, with Deborah Wright and Donlu Thayer as members of the Secretariat.

A Media Committee has been formed, with Rosalind Hackett, Lee Scharnick-Udemans, and 
Asonzeh Ukah.

Other members of ACLARS include Akinola Ibidapo-Obe, Adesina Olukanni, Eric Jackson, Kaye Jackson, Enyinna Nwauche, Helena van Coller, Simean Ilesonmi, Len Hansen, Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, Fortune Sibanda, and Abdulkade Tayob. 

In succeeding years, ACLARS has sponsored conferences in Ghana, South Africa, Namibia, Ethiopia, Morocco, Nigeria, and Botswana, with an upcoming event (2020) in Kenya. Each year 60-100 scholars of law and theology, legislators, government leaders, representatives of NGOs have met to discuss timely topics concerning law and religion in Africa. Publications arising from the conference have appeared in the African Human Rights Law Journal (2014) and in four volumes published by African Sun Media.

Particpants in the ACLARS Conferences have come from Algeria, Belgium, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Croatia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Liberia, Macedonia (FYROM), Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, Togo, Turkey, Uganda, United Aram Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.