Peacebuilding, Constitutionalism and the Global South: The Case for Cognitive Justice Plurinationalism, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Peacebuilding, Constitutionalism and the Global South

The Case for Cognitive Justice Plurinationalism, 1st Edition

By Kajit J Bagu (John Paul)


312 pages

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This book presents the case that liberal constitutionalism in the global South is a legacy of colonialism and is inappropriate as a means of securing effective peace in regions that have been subject to recurrent conflict. The work demonstrates the failure of liberal constitutionalism in guaranteeing peace in the postcolonial global South. It develops an alternative, more compelling constitutionalism for peacebuilding in conflicted regions. This is based on constitutionalism that recognises plurality as a major feature in the global South. Drawing on events in Nigeria, it develops a constitutional model, based on Cognitive Justice, which could deliver peace by addressing historic, conceptual, legal, institutional and structural issues that have created social inequality and injustice. The study also incorporates insights from the development of plurinational constitutions in South America. The book will be an invaluable resource for researchers, academics and policy-makers with an interest in constitutional legal theory, peacebuilding and postcolonial studies

Table of Contents


Part A: The Non-West In ‘Global’ Constitutionalism And Cognitive Justice;

1. Global South Identities In ‘Global’ Constitutional Discourse;

2. The Cognitive Justice Framework;

Part B: Shaping Of Nigeria’s Middle-Belt Devastation: British Colonialism And Sinister Liberal Constitutionalism;

3. British Colonialism And Diversity In Nigeria’s Middle-Belt;

4. Nigeria’s Sinister Liberal Constitutionalism And Diverse Identities;

Part C: Plurinational Constitutionalism For Effective Peacebuilding; Remaking Nigeria;

5. Plurinational Constitutionalism For A Diverse Global South;

6. Making A Plurinational Order From ‘Nigeria’;

Conclusion: Sameness Versus Diversity In The Future Of World Peace/Order;

Appendix A: 706+ Identities (Nations) Partly Or Completely In Nigeria;

About the Author

Kajit J Bagu (John Paul) received his doctorate from the University of Edinburgh, and his Masters in International Development, Law and Human Rights at the University of Warwick, specialising in Globalisation and Human Rights. He currently manages a Foundation for Cognitive Justice, while combining research and writing with legal practice in Nigeria.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Constitutional Law

This series features thought-provoking and original scholarship on constitutional law and theory. Books explore key topics, themes and questions in the field with a particular emphasis on comparative studies. Where relevant, titles will engage with political and social theory, philosophy and history in order to offer a rounded analysis of constitutions and constitutional law.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Comparative
LAW / Constitutional
LAW / Public
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism