Constitutionalism in a time of corona

COMMENT Prof. Dr. Thoko Kaime 26 February 2021 Constitutionalism, the idea that officials must necessarily be circumscribed by institutions that restrict the exercise of state power; continues to face tremendous pressure across African jurisdictions as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the Continent. As the imperative to protect lives underlines many a government’s response, it…

The Right to Vote for Everyone?

ANALYSIS Melanie Schwarzfischer 19 February 2021 In Zambia every citizen over the age of eighteen years has the right to vote, unless he or she is explicitly disqualified by Parliament (Article 75 (1) of the Constitution). However, not every citizen has equal opportunities to conduct their votes. Especially people with disabilities are disadvantaged because of…

Land Rights in South Africa – Constitutional Law, Apartheid and Gender Inequality

ANALYSIS Sophie Stange 12 February 2021 In 2018, the High Court of South Africa delivered Rahube v Rahube and Others a landmark decision protecting women’s rights to equality and land ownership. On October 30, 2018 in the case of Rahube v Rahube and Others ZACC 42 the Constitutional Court upheld the Pretoria High Court’s finding…

Constitutional Crisis in Somalia – Democratic, Free and Fair Elections?

ANALYSIS René Brosius 10 February 2021 The upcoming presidential elections in Somalia are dominated by the debate on free and fair elections, a debate that brought the country to the brink of civil war. While the states of Puntland, Jubbaland as well as the united opposition in the country insist that the president’s term has…

Abortion Law – A Comparative Take on the Constitutional Framework of South Africa and Germany

COMMENT Freda Louwes 05 February 2021 In recent weeks and months, the topic of abortion has become a highly debated one in the media throughout the world. Last summer, despite the prevalence of the dangerous COVID-19 virus, thousands of people have gathered on the streets of Warsaw to protest the decision of the Polish Constitutional…