n African Human Rights Law Journal - The normative and institutional framework of the African Union relating to the protection of human rights and the maintenance of international peace and security : a critical appraisal

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1609-073X
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2096



This article examines norms and institutions developed under the auspices of the African Union (AU), dealing with human rights challenges on the continent. The article focuses on the possibilities these norms and institutions offer to the AU to undertake collective humanitarian intervention in response to massive and grave violations of human rights involving war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide being perpetrated in a member state. The writer expresses optimism that the norms and institutions developed under the AU in relation to intervention are more progressive than those obtained under the AU predecessor, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), If effectively implemented, they could contribute significantly to enhancing human rights protection in Africa.

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