Human Rights-Based Reform of Criminal Law in Africa

  • Emma Charlene Lubaale


The laws of most African states found their way to the African continent through the wave of colonialism. African states have since attained independence and have committed to upholding human rights. The question though is—does the criminal law framework of African states measure up to African states’ commitment to human rights? This chapter demonstrates that most African states lag behind in so far as alignment of their criminal laws with human rights standards is concerned. It is concluded that the constitutional and international human rights obligations of African states bring persuasive momentum to bear on these states to make reforms to their criminal laws with a view to bringing them up to speed with the current human rights standards.


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  • Emma Charlene Lubaale
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  1. 1.University of VendaThohoyandouSouth Africa

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