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Title:Implementation of international human rights instruments: Ghana as an illustration
Author:Dankwa, E.V.O.ISNI
Periodical:Annual conference - African Society of International and Comparative Law
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:African agreements
human rights
African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights
Abstract:Ghana follows the dualist theory in respect of the relationship between international law and municipal law. This means that a right enshrined in an international law instrument which has been ratified by the government of Ghana cannot be asserted in the national courts unless legislation has incorporated the right in the domestic law of the country. Up to the present, none of the nine international human rights instruments ratified by Ghana (including the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights) has been so incorporated. This is not to say that human rights are not taken into account at all in Ghanaian legislation, but several Ghanaian laws seem unable to stand in the face of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. Notes, ref.