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Title:Human rights developments in subregional courts in Africa during 2008
Author:Ebobrah, Solomon T.ISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:African Human Rights Law Journal (ISSN 1609-073X)
Volume:9
Issue:1
Pages:312-335
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:African courts
human rights
jurisprudence
Abstract:The year 2008 saw very significant developments in the budding human rights activities of regional economic communities in Africa. This was especially prominent in the area of supranational judicial protection of human rights by subregional courts. In East Africa, Southern Africa and West Africa, subregional courts concluded cases with considerable implications for the protection of rights on the continent. Focusing on procedural and substantive issues in the decisions, this contribution provides a critical analysis of recent judgments of the East African Court of Justice (EACJ), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Community Court of Justice (ECCJ) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal. As human rights litigation before subregional courts is still a new trend, the jurisprudence that emerged from these courts in 2008 provides opportunities for improving a popular understanding of the processes of the courts. It also allows for reflections on the real value of these developments. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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