oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - The making of the Namibian Constitution: lessons for Africa

Volume 24, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



The purpose of this article is to highlight aspects of the constitutional process after Namibia gained its independence, particularly in the Constituent Assembly. It is intended to complement other discussions of the Constitution, the majority of which pay scant attention to the important interaction between process and outcome. In the Namibian context this connection is important for two related reasons. On the one hand, certain provisions of the Constitution can only be understood in terms of the debate which led to them; on the other, the courts may well need to have recourse to the history of a particular provision in order to establish its true meaning.

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