The African Commission: An Introduction

Frans Viljoen

in International Human Rights Law in Africa

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199218585
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696107 | DOI:
The African Commission: An Introduction

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This chapter sketches the salient features of the African Commission's composition and functioning. Displaying advances as well as regression, the course taken by the Commission has not been linear. Deliberately adopting a minimalist approach, and leaving little public record of their deliberations, the drafters of the Charter founded the African regional human rights system on grounds which were particularly open-ended. The indeterminacy of the text is exacerbated by the fluctuation in the Commission's membership, by the lack of a system of precedent, and by its weak institutional memory. These factors underscore the important role of individual Commissioners and of NGOs.

Keywords: African Commission; people's rights; human rights; commissioners; NGOs

Chapter.  4129 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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