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The State of the Region Security Sector Governance in Southern Africa

"The aim of this conference was to explore dynamics that influence the democratic governance of the security sector in Southern Africa. The 1990s was a period of democratic transition for many states in Southern Africa. These transitions often enta…

African Counter-Terrorism Legal Frameworks a Decade After 2001

"This monograph seeks to explain why rates of ratification, although higher immediately after 2001, are generally low in Africa, and are subject to such regional variation. On the basis that ratification of instruments may be an important component …

The Theory and Practice of Criminal Justice in Africa

"In this monograph, four eminent critics and researchers examine the theory and practice of criminal justice in Africa.This monograph provides us with an important opportunity to engage in the debate through exploring various themes on the expressio…

Sierra Leone A Country Review of Crime and Criminal Justice, 2008

"The overall objective of this study was to generate data and information that can be used to review the scale of crime and the criminal justice system in Sierra Leone, one of the African countries undergoing the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)…

Justice Beyond the International Criminal Court: Towards a Regional Framework in Africa

The last decade has seen a deterioration in the relationship between the International Criminal Court (ICC) and some African states. At the AU, allegations of bias and calls for non-cooperation with the ICC are frequent: the power of the UN Security…

Counter-Terrorism, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in West Africa

International law and global policy place counter-terrorism firmly within a rule of law and human rights framework. By focussing on securitised responses to terrorism, countries in West Africa risk undermining the rule of law, compromising human rig…

Willing to Kill: Factors Contributing to Mob Justice in Uganda

Mob justice is a form of extrajudicial punishment or retribution in which a person suspected of wrongdoing is typically humiliated, beaten, and in many cases killed by vigilantes or a crowd. Mob action takes place in the absence of any form of fair …

Human Trafficking in the Wake of Labour Externalisation: How Responsive is the Justice System?

The increased externalisation of labour in Uganda has come along with increased incidents of human trafficking. Indeed, transnational trafficking—a silent and often invisible activity—is by far the most frequent offence committed; primarily involvin…

Victim-centred Prosecutions: Lessons for South Africa

The Service Charter for Victims of Crime in South Africa and the Victim Support Services Bill outline the rights of victims. When it comes to prosecutions, global good practice should inform and strengthen the National Prosecuting Authority’s approa…

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