n African Human Rights Law Journal - Editorial

Volume 17 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1609-073X
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2096


This issue of the Journal contains contributions dealing with a wide variety of thematic concerns. The first area of focus is ‘African tradition’ and its sometimes contentious relationship with human rights. Nhlapo and Mwambene each interrogates an aspect of traditional African societies, namely, the phenomenon of homicide and the institution of marriage. They postulate possibilities for ensuring accountability in situations where tradition and human rights may be in conflict. Drawing from foundational values of ‘African tradition’ and historical context, in their respective contributions Ntlama and Small explore the contemporary understanding of two concepts (‘peace’ and ‘selfdetermination’) in the light of their historical evolution.

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