oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - The "Administrative Justice" provision of the constitution of the Republic of Namibia: a constitutional protection of judicial review and tribunal adjudication under administrative law

Volume 24, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



Namibia gained her independence on 21 March 1990 after 105 years of colonial rule. Article 18 of the Namibian Constitution provides an opportunity for all concerned, particularly lawyers - both practitioners and academics - to make meaningful contributions towards the development of administrative law in Namibia. This article should be seen as an effort toward that objective. The purpose of "administrative justice" is to enable the people to rely on the law to ensure that the power of the administrative bodies and administrative officials is used in a manner compatible with the "ideas of fair dealing and good administration." It is when this goal has been attained that the courts and the tribunals will be able to say that they have contributed to the attainment of "administrative justice" enshrined in the Constitution as a fundamental human right.

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