n Malawi Law Journal - Malawi and the African peer review mechanism : a bold step towards good governance?




This article analyses the APRM in light of Malawi's accession. It critically examines the institutional framework of the APRM by focussing on its founding documents and the manner in which it has operated since it was established. Drawing on the lessons learnt from the first five countries - Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa and Algeria - that have undergone the peer review thus far, it evaluates whether the mechanism has the potential to foster compliance with human rights and inculcate the ideals of good governance and democracy on the continent. In particular, it considers whether Malawi, which was one of the first countries to endorse the APRM, stands to benefit anything from the APRM and, consequently, whether it should embark on the review which is now long overdue.


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