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Title:Judicial Systems of Sub-Saharan Africa: An Analysis of Neglect
Author:Mingst, Karen A.
Year:1988
Periodical:African Studies Review
Volume:31
Issue:1
Period:April
Pages:135-147
Language:English
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:conflict of laws
judicial power
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/524587
Abstract:This article first provides explanations for the relative neglect of cross-national studies of the African judiciary. It then presents an overview of what has been learned about African courts. Finally, it turns to a research agenda for comparative judicial scholars focusing on Africa. The most pressing item on the research agenda is to analyse the judiciary as part of a larger political system. Conversely, any intensive analysis of the whole political system ought to include judicial processes. Second, cross-national comparisons must be offered which transcend the abundant East African case studies. Third, new studies need to be conducted which treat the extent to which various institutions in the society rely (or do not rely) upon judicial pronouncements. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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