African Perspectives on Tradition and Justice

Edited by: Martien Schotsmans, Lia Nijzink, Giselle Corradi, Tom Bennett, Eva Brems

This volume provides a better understanding of the relationship between tradition and justice in Africa. It presents contributions by African scholars related to current international discourses on access to justice and human rights, and on the localization of transitional justice. The contributions suggest that access to justice and appropriate transitional justice strategies need to consider diversity and legal pluralism. In this sense, they all stress that dialogical approaches are the way forward. Whether it is in the context of legal reforms, transitional processes in post-war societies, or the promotion of human rights in general, all contributors accentuate that it is by means of cooperation, conversation, and cross-fertilization between different legal realities that positive achievements can be realized. The contributions illustrate the perspectives on this dialectal process from those operating on the ground from Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, and Rwanda.


188 pages

Publication Date: 5/13/2012
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781780680590