blog provides a platform for those interested in the rule and role of law in Africa

Posted on May 10, 2012

All areas of law applicable to Africa are covered, both international (global and continental) and national.
Legal academics and students, researchers, international and national civil servants, legislators and politicians, legal practitioners and judges, as well as those who are not lawyers but have an interest in law are among those who are welcome to participate in the discussions.

AfricLaw provides a space for the discussion of issues of substance, forming of opinions and information sharing among people living on the continent, those from Africa who are in the diaspora, and anyone else who is interested in participating. AfricLaw will also serve as a vehicle for comments from Africa on legal developments in the rest of the world.
The aim of AfricLaw is to contribute towards strengthening African capacity in the field of law, through informed and engaged discussion. As a blog, the strength of the platform will be the immediacy of interaction across a wide geographical area without the need to travel; the aim will not be to take the place of initiatives such as academic journals, books and professional organisations, but rather to strengthen the role played by them.
The latest posts, which can be accessed at, are:
  • Ivy Kihari addresses the separation of power in her contribution titled ‘Leading the way for other African judiciaries: A Kenyan case study’. This article celebrates the reluctance of the Kenyan judiciary to be influenced by the executive regarding the arrest warrant issued against Sudan’s President Omar al-Basir by the International Criminal Court.
  • Charles Ngwena of the University of the Free State addresses unsafe abortions from a human rights perspective in his contribution titled ‘Using human rights to combat unsafe abortion: What needs to be done?’. He cites the World Health Organisation’s statistics of 47 000 deaths caused by unsafe abortions, 62% of them in the African region. Ngwena suggests a ‘paradigm shift in the regulation of abortion’ –inter alia, decriminalisation.
  • Babatunde Fabgaboda’s article, ‘South Sudan, uti possidetis rule and the future of statehood in Africa’, discusses the consequences of the determination of colonial borders in Africa as recently exemplified by the Sudanese partition. He canvasses the history of secession in Africa and its feasibility.
  • Ayalew Assefa interrogates the decision of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child regarding the violation of the rights of Nubian children in Kenya and asks whether the report of the Committee goes far enough.
AfricLaw strives to update the blog on a fortnightly basis and contributions are welcome. Direct contributions and queries can be sent to [email protected].

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