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Human Rights and the Judicialisation of African Politics

1st Edition

By Peter Brett


12 pages

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Human Rights and the Judicialisation of African Politics shows readers how central questions in African politics have entered courtrooms over the last three decades, and provides the first transnational explanation for this development.

The book begins with three conditions that have made judicialisation possible in Africa as a whole; new corporate rights norms (including the expansion of indigenous rights), the proliferation of new avenues for legal proceedings, and the development of new support structures enabling litigation. It then studies the effects of these changes based on fieldwork in three Southern African countries – Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana. Examining three recent court cases involving international law, international courts and transnational NGOs, it looks beyond some of international relations’ established models to explain when and why and legal rights can be clarified.

This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of African politics and human rights, and more broadly to international relations and international law and justice.

Table of Contents


Part One: Explaining Judicialisation

1. New Norms: The Impossible Institutionalisation of Corporate Rights

2. New Courts: The Rights Revolution and the New Terrain of International Law

3. New Lawyers: South African Advocates Abroad

Part Two: Case Studies

4. Who Represents Namibians?

5. Who is Indigenous to Botswana?

6. Who is a Zimbabwean?


About the Author

Peter Brett is Lecturer in International Politics at Queen Mary, University of London, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in African Politics and International Relations

The African Politics and International Relations series seeks to provide readers with a conceptual and comparative perspective on transformations associated with the rise of Africa in international relations and within the global economy. The series explores the empirical and theoretical implications of the engagement of both old and new players, the redefinition of the continent's politics, socio-economic transitions and changing patterns of region-building, both within Africa and with the global South. The series, through its focus on the reappraisal of the role and conception of African agency, seeks to provide readers with a comprehensive, accessible, and insightful treatment of issues that challenge conventional understandings and representations of Africa.


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