The Protection of Traditional Cultural Expressions in Africa

  • Enyinna Nwauche

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This book evaluates the protection of traditional cultural expressions in Africa using South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana as case study examples in the light of regional and international approaches in this respect. Such protection is considered in the context of a combination of positive protection models such as the protection offered by intellectual property rights and negative protection such as tangible heritage protection and authorisations by national competent authorities. These models are in turn assessed taking into consideration human and peoples’ rights frameworks, which recognise and affirm group entitlement to, among others, traditional cultural expressions. These frameworks ensure that such traditional cultural expressions are available for further innovation and creativity.


Traditional cultural expressions Intellectual property Africa Human and peoples' rights OAPI ARIPO ICESC International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights South Africa Nigeria Kenya Ghana Tangible heritage protection Copyright Cultural rights Folklore IP

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  • Enyinna Nwauche
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of LawRhodes University GrahamstownGrahamstownSouth Africa

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