SOAS University of London

Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice

Human Rights and the Judicialisation of African Politics

Dr. Peter Brett (Queen Mary, University of London)

Date: 18 February 2019Time: 12:30 PM

Finishes: 18 February 2019Time: 2:00 PM

Venue: 21/22 Russell Square Room: T102

Type of Event: Talk

Over the last four decades central questions in African politics have entered the courtroom. This new book Human Rights and the Judicialisation of African Politics (Routledge) provides the first transnational explanation for this development. It identifies 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 ends by discussing some difficulties these changes have created for liberal political projects in Africa.

Dr. Peter Brett is a Lecturer in International Politics at Queen Mary - University of London, and also teaches at the University of London Institute in Paris. He has a broad range of interests, including the politics of Sub-Saharan Africa, international law, legal sociology, the politics of rights, and the history of international relations.

Chair: Dr. Phil Clark (co-director of CCRJ)

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