n African Human Rights Law Journal - Editorial

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1609-073X
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2096



This is the first issue of the to appear as an on-line open-access publication. Looking back at the 12 years since its launch in 2001, we are confident that the has played an important role in providing a forum for scholarship on human rights in Africa, focusing on the African regional human rights system. By publishing the in open-access format, it is anticipated that the visibility of the issues related to the promotion and protection of human rights in Africa will increase. Greater visibility, it may be argued, in turn is likely to enhance the effectiveness of the African regional human rights system. Greater awareness and understanding of the extent to which states fulfil their obligations under African human rights treaties may raise the cost of non-compliance with these obligations, and thus contribute to improving the system's effectiveness.

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