Prof. Dr. Moussa Samb

Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar

Curriculum Vitae

Legal scholar Moussa Samb is Professor of Private Law and Business Law at the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, and teaches a master course on “Contract Law in Africa” within the program “Master of Business Law in Cross Cultural Practice” at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He was Invited Professor at the University Paul Cezanne Aix-Marseille III and attended the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. as a Senior Fulbright Scholar. Professor Samb also served as Senior program officer in the program “Governance, Equity and Health” of the International Development Research Center in Canada and was Director of Research and Documentation of the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law (OHADA) in Benin. Most recently, he was a Fellow at the Institut d'Etudes Avancées in Nantes. From October 2015 to March 2016, Moussa Samb was Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture”.

Research Project

The Resurgence of Mediation as Method of Alternative Dispute Resolution for Social Conflicts in Africa

The main objective of this research focuses on mediation as an alternative dispute resolution in Africa. The research will show that the so-called “modern” African laws have failed to tap into the genius of traditional law, after the independence of African states. By a conscious and assumed mimetism, the Western law was reproduced, almost everywhere in Africa, with small reservations, ignoring traditional social control mechanisms, stored in a register of past customary law.

Yet, it is a fact in Africa, that a conflict was considered as a disturbance factor of the social order; a kind of disease that should be treated by appropriate means. In this perspective of maintaining the social status quo, the goal of returning to a peaceful situation, comes before the consideration of satisfying conflicted interests of the parties. One of the interests of promoting mediation in Africa is that it appeals more to the traditional values, and it includes a greater involvement of the parties. Mediation allows not only to overcome the disagreements between the parties but also to build new social relations, transcending future conflicts.

Our research goal is to show that in African law, the mediation procedure prevailed as the most efficient method of conflict resolution, and that the new challenge in African law is to replace the mediation as preferred way to resolve social and familial conflicts, and to build peace inside the community.

Publications (selected)

  • La médiation, mode alternation de résolution des conflits en Afrique, Recueil Penant, forthcomingin October 2015.
  • Macrodroit et microfinance, in: Recueil d'études sur l'OHADA et les normes juridiques africaines, Volume VI, 06/2013, Aix-en-Provence: Presses universitaires d'Aix-Marseille, chapter 8, pp. 193-232 (collection Horizons Juridiques Africains).
  • Etat des lieux de la justice au Sénégal, Réflexions sur une gouvernance en crise, in: Sénégal 2000-2012 (ed. by Momar-Coumba Diop), Paris: Karthala 2013, pp. 207-246 (collection Hommes et Sociétés).
  • Le crédit-bail dans l’espace OHADA, in: Revue de l’Ecole Régionale Supérieure de la Magistrature, Organisation pour l’Harmonisation du Droit des Affaires en Afrique, no. 1, june 2012 (
  • Le droit à l'eau selon l'islam. Droit sénégalais, 2009, no. 8, pp. 101-113.
  • Privatisation des services publics en Afrique Sub-Saharienne : à l’heure des bilans, in: Revue en ligne Afrilex, June 2009 (
  • Sociétés commerciales et GIE (with François Anoukaha, Abdoullah Cisse, Ndiaw Diouf, Josette Nguebou Toukam and Paul Gérard Pougoué), Collection droit uniforme africain, Brussels: Bruylant 2002.
  • OHADA – Sûretés (with François Anoukaha, Aminata Cisse-Niang, Messanvi Foli, Joseph Issa-Sayegh and Isaac Yankhoba Ndiaye), Collection droit uniforme africain, Brussels: Bruylant 2002.