Book Launch: Human Rights and the Judicialisation of African Politics

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22 January 2019

Time: 5:30 - 7:00pm
Venue: Arts One Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

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A book launch with Dr. Peter Brett, introduced by Dr. David Williams.

Over the last four decades central questions in African politics have entered the courtroom. This book 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 then studies the effects of these changes based on fieldwork in three Southern African countries – Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana. The book concludes by highlighting some difficulties that judicialisation has created for liberal political projects in Africa.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception to which all are invited.