n Law, Democracy & Development - The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa : South Africa's reservations and interpretative declarations




The purpose of this article is to discuss the meaning and legal implications of those reservations and interpretative declarations. The discussion is structured in the following order: the status of international law in South Africa is appraised; the drafting history of the Protocol follows; an outline of the articles in the Protocol is done (however, a detailed discussion of these rights falls outside the scope of this article but references are given on each provision for further reading by those interested in in-depth discussions of individual provisions); this is followed by a detailed discussion of the meaning of reservations and interpretative declarations under international law; South Africa's reservations and interpretative declarations to the Protocol and their legal implications are analysed; lastly, conclusions and recommendations are made.


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