n African Human Rights Law Journal - The protection of participants in clinical research in Africa : does domestic human rights law have a role to play?

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1609-073X
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2096



This article investigates the protection of clinical research participants in sub-Saharan Africa by domestic human rights instruments. It assesses the weaknesses in the existing regulatory framework in the form of international and national ethical guidelines, and surveys domestic human rights law in selected African countries to ascertain whether domestic human rights law may be used to augment and enhance the existing system of protection. It concludes that domestic human rights law has an important (if hitherto unutilised) role to play in the protection of clinical research participants in sub-Saharan Africa.

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