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Title:The role of judges in upholding the rule of law
Author:Chomba, F.M.
Periodical:Annual conference - African Society of International and Comparative Law
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:rule of law
Abstract:The author, President of the Gambia Court of Appeal, highlights the role of the judiciary in contributing to improving compliance with the rule of law in Africa. In particular, he considers the role of judges in upholding the rule of law, the notion of the independence of judges and whether this is myth or reality, the performance of courts under military regimes, and the role of constitutional courts in upholding the rule of law. He includes extensive references to his experiences in The Gambia and his native Zambia, as well as drawing parallels between Gambian and other national legislations. He submits that one of the reasons for the abject situation in which Africa finds itself at the end of the 20th century is the failure by African countries to give proper and adequate respect to the rule of law.