Indigenous Peoples’ Rights to Consultation and Participation in the Inter-American and African human rights system

In the last two years, we have found ourselves confronted with a series of global crises that seem to have pushed the pressing issues of environmental protection and climate change to the side. But wrongly so. On the one hand, the progression of the climate crisis requires immediate responses and cannot be put on hold…

Malawi: The Influence of the Young Generation on the Plastic Ban

ANALYSIS Isabelle Zundel 18 March 2022 This contribution connects with former publications on this platform on combatting single-use plastics in Malawi facilitated through the project “Building collective ownership of single-use plastics waste (SUP) in youth communities: case studies from Kenya, Jamaica, and Malawi”. For this month’s topic on Climate Justice and Environmental Law, our contribution…

LGBTQI+ Rights

If the aim of LGBTIQ+ rights discourse is to promote and protect the interests and lives of all LGBTQI+ identifying peoples, what does it mean to think about improving lives in ways that are responsive to lived realities? Given the centrality of the state in human rights discourse, we ask what a rights discourse has…

Child Labour

While the harms of child labour are undisputed and human rights discourse has for decades tried to find solutions, the complexity of the subject remains. It has not been enough to identify the effects of child labour on the lives these children. Rather, it has proven equally important to understand the causes of child labour,…

(In)destructibility of Neo-Colonial Knowledge Production – Decolonisation in the Representation of Research Subjects

OPINION Isabelle Zundel 27 February 2022 In another blog contribution in July 2021, I stressed the importance of “Decolonizing Law and its Practitioner’s Minds”. Today, I would like to continue and add on this discussion. It is striking to see the dominance of neo-colonial thought building as well as the insufficient or even lacking pushbacks…

Breaking New Legal Ground. Botswana on the rise in the protection of LGBTQI+ rights

ANALYSIS Isabelle Zundel 14 January 2021 Botswana’s jurisdiction is well-known for its past ground-breaking decisions and thereby courageous commitment to protect human rights[1]. With the recent decision “Letsweletse Motshidiemang v The Attorney-General (LEGABIBO as amicus curiae)” Botswana’s jurisdiction has once more broken new legal grounds for the country and beyond. In 2019, the High Court…

Beyond Celebration – The Search for Possible Pathways in the Protection of LGBTQI+ Rights

COMMENT Isabelle Zundel 23 December 2021 It’s international human rights month! For sure, this is a reason to celebrate the hard-fought advancements of the last decades as well as the resultant international legal framework that aims to promote and protect human rights all over the world. However, it also opens up the possibility to have…

November 2021: African Law Week

In November 2021, the Chair for African Legal Studies is hosting a conference on the Continuous Search for Coherence in Africa’s Plural Legal Systems. From November 17th-20th several coloqiums will be held as well as lectures. Everyone is kindly invited to join the conference and take part in exciting debates.

TGCL Scholarship

The Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies (TGCL) is a cooperation project of the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and the University of Bayreuth, Germany. It is part of the Centres of African Excellence Programme which is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).The TGCL offers…

Celebrating African Human Rights Day

COMMENT Prof. Dr. Thoko Kaime, Lena Scheibinger, Isabelle Zundel 21 October 2021 As we celebrate African Human Rights Day today; we look back at one of the most innovative human rights documents in the world: the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Whilst the standards laid out in this document have led to a…