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  • Page extent: 352 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.69 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 323.096
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: n/a
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Human rights--Africa

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521869065)

This 2007 book draws from and builds upon many of the more traditional approaches to the study of international human rights institutions (IHIs), especially quasi-constructivism. The author reveals some of the ways in which many such domestic deployments of the African system have been brokered or facilitated by local activist forces, such as human rights NGOs, labour unions, women's groups, independent journalists, dissident politicians, and activist judges. In the end, the book exposes and reflects upon the inherent inability of the dominant compliance-focused model to adequately capture the range of other ways - apart from via state compliance - in which the domestic invocation of IHIs like the African system can contribute - albeit to a modest extent - to the pro-human rights alterations that can sometimes occur in the self-understandings, conceptions of interest or senses of appropriateness held within key domestic institutions within states.

• An inter-disciplinary book which will appeal to policy makers and researchers across the social sciences • Looks at the effects that international human rights institutions and regional human rights systems have domestically within states • Uses detailed case studies from Nigeria and South Africa


1. The African human rights system, activist forces, and international institutions; 2. Conventional conceptions of international human rights institutions; 3. Conventional conceptions of the African system for the promotion and protection of human and peoples' rights; 4. The modest impact of the African system within Nigeria; 5. The limited impact of the African system in South Africa; 6. The limited deployment of the African system within states; 7. Toward an extended measure of IHI effectiveness; 8. Conclusion.


Review of the hardback: 'Okafor's style and ease of analysis of technically academic issues efficiently bring to light possibilities that would enhance pre-existing approaches to the study of IHIs. … For those interested in the analysis of the African Human Rights System and a fresh voice in the IHI discourse, this book serves as useful background information as well as an excellent example of unconventional thinking.' Verfassung und Recht in Übersee

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