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

Volume 12, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1028-1053
  • E-ISSN: 2077-4907



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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