The post-Cold War era has been referred to as a time of “rule of law revival.”2 The rule of law (ROL) is seen as indispensable to establishing a market economy and democratic rule, the two prongs of the neoliberal project. In sub-Saharan Africa, reforms associated with the political change that occurred in the immediate post-Cold War era have been justifi ed in terms of these twin goals.3 Some of the reform initiatives were generated directly by domestic agendas, but there has been signifi cant involvement of multilateral and bilateral actors in legal and institutional reforms in sub-Saharan Africa, not least in setting the overall tone and focus of the reforms.