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Advancing human rights in legally plural Africa: the role of development actors in the justice

Afrika Focus. 2013;26(1):89-98


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Journal Title: Afrika Focus

ISSN: 0772-084X (Print); 2031-356X (Online)

Publisher: Gents Afrika Platform, Afrika Brug

LCC Subject Category: Agriculture | Social Sciences

Country of publisher: Belgium

Language of fulltext: English, French

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Corradi, Giselle


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Time From Submission to Publication: 20 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

This dissertation examines the role of justice sector aid in sub-Saharan Africa regarding the relationshipbetween human rights and local legal orders from a normative and empirical pointof view. At the normative level, it explores how socio-legal theory on legal pluralism and humanrights’ cross-contextual implementation may inform the practice of development actors in the justicesector. Based on case studies in Sierra Leone and Mozambique, the research applies this bodyof knowledge to the analysis of empirical data on development actors’ policies and interventions.The conclusion argues that the following issues deserve particular attention: the adoption of ausers’ perspective regarding which local justice providers are targeted by policies and interventions,consideration of how different modes of dispute processing relate to the implementation ofhuman rights, engagement with local knowledge and a critical approach to human rights crosscontextualapplication.