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Peacebuilding, Constitutionalism and the Global South
The Case for Cognitive Justice Plurinationalism

ISBN 9780367726959
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
326 Pages

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Book Description

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;

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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.