Academic Programs

About the Africa i-Parliaments Clinic

In 2008, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA), initiated a new program called the African Parliamentary Knowledge Network (APKN) to build the capacity of African parliaments to draft and enact more effective legislation.  This clinic supports the APKN initiative by working with clients such as members of African Parliaments, government agencies, and regional government organizations. 

An in-house clinic, students take advantage of the materials held in the BU Library’s various Africa collections, the internet, and communications technology to consult with clients and gather information on various substantive projects.  Students work closely with student editors and the professors to produce high quality research reports and draft bill language.  Students also add value to APKN by reporting on recently passed African statutes and governmental reform for publication on the APKN’s Africa Parliamentary Information Exchange ( methodology.

The clinic is taught by Professor Sean Kealy.


Students receive 4 graded credits. The weekly seminar focuses on the use of legislation for social change, the legislative processes of Africa, and evidence-based legislation. A limited number of students may satisfy the upperclass writing requirement through this clinic.

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How to Participate

The clinic is open to 2L and 3L students, with preference given to upcoming 3Ls. 12 students are accepted into the program. The clinical programs application is available each April for participation the following academic year. There are no prerequisites for the Africa i-Parliaments Clinic.

For more information, contact Professor Sean Kealy at or 617.353.8373.