Corruption and Human Rights Law in Africa

By Kolawole Olaniyan

Now available in paperback! This important new book provides a framework promoting and protecting human rights and combating corruption. The book makes three major points regarding the relationship between corruption and human rights law. First, corruption per se is a human rights violation, in so far as it interferes with the right of the people to dispose of their natural wealth and resources and thereby increases poverty and frustrates socio-economic development. Second, corruption leads to a multitude of human rights violations. Third, the book demonstrates that human rights mechanisms have the capacity to provide more effective remedies to victims of corruption than can other criminal and civil legal mechanisms. The book takes up one of the pervasive problems of governance-large-scale corruption-to examine its impact on human rights and the degree to which a human rights approach to confronting corruption can buttress the traditional criminal law response. It examines three major aspects of human rights in practice: the importance of governing structures in the implementation and enjoyment of human rights; the relationship between corruption, poverty and underdevelopment; and the threat that systemic poverty poses to the entire human rights edifice. This book is a very significant contribution to the literature on good governance, human rights, and the rule of law in Africa. (Series: Studies in International Law, Vol. 52) [Subject: Human Rights Law, African Law, International Trade Law, Public International Law, International and Comparative Criminal Law]

Publication Date: 9/29/2016
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781509908455

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