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The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights: Safeguarding the Interests of African States

Gina Bekker
Journal of African Law
Vol. 51, No. 1 (2007), pp. 151-172
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27607982
Page Count: 22
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Abstract

This article examines the extent to which the decision to establish the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights was motivated by the desire of African states to safeguard their own interests at the expense of effectively protecting human rights in Africa. Using an examination of the drafting history of the Banjul Charter and the establishment of the African Commission as a background, this article explores the potential implications for the future of human rights protection on the continent as a result of the creation of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights and its proposed merger with the African Court of Justice.

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