Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Tag: African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights

  • Human Rights in Africa in the Context of Covid-19

    –Sean Molloy, Research Associate, Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University In response to Covid-19, countries across Africa are declaring a state of emergency (these include Botswana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Botswana, Ethiopia and Senegal, to name a few). Doing so allows the authorities, in times of urgent necessity, to take actions necessary to safeguard national security, maintain law and order, protect citizens’ lives and property, keep essential public services working, concentrate relief resources and direct them to the areas of greatest need, and in general to restore normality.

  • The Njemanze ECOWAS Court Ruling and “Universal” Jurisdiction: Implications for the “Grand African Human Rights System”

    –Sègnonna Horace Adjolohoun, Visiting Professor of International Human Rights and Comparative Constitutional Law, Central European University; Extraordinary Lecturer of International Human Rights Law, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria; Principal Legal Officer, African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Njemanze revives the ECOWAS Court’s jurisdiction paradigm On 12 October 2017, the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS Court) delivered a judgment in the matter of Dorothy Njemanze and 3 others v The Federal Republic of Nigeria concerned with abduction and sexual assault on women by police and the military.

  • Striking a Difficult Balance: Transitional Justice, Lustration Laws, and Human Rights

    —Adem Kassie Abebe, Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law Burkina Faso has witnessed two coup d’états in less than twelve months. The first was a popular overthrow of the former president, Blaise Compaore, who was forced out of power in a popular ‘democratic’ coup after demonstrators stormed parliament on 24 October 2014.