Entrenching the CRC’s ‘environmental rights’

COMMENT Prof. Dr. Thoko Kaime 30 June 2021 The CRC does not explicitly guarantee children a right to an ecologically healthy environment. However, within its environment-related children’s rights lies the core content of such a right. Both the interpretive as well as the monitoring functions of the Committee offer the possibility of better defining the…

Children’s Rights and the Environment

COMMENT Prof. Dr. Thoko Kaime 3 June 2021 This month, the African Legal Studies blog focuses on children’s rights, a topic that tracks very close to my heart. In introducing this month’s series of contributions, I discuss children’s rights in relation to another topic of great interest in my practice as a public international lawyer:…

Struggling for an Anti-Racist World

COMMENT Prof. Dr. Thoko Kaime 01 May 2021 Throughout May 2021, the Chair of African Legal Studies focuses on anti-racism through its dedicated blog at africalegalstudies.blog. In this short comment which prefaces the series, I reflect on how I see the place of black people and people of colour in this most important of struggles…

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…

Black Lives Matter

Prof. Dr Thoko Kaime 24 June 2020 The Chair of African Legal Studies expresses deep solidarity with the protests against structural racism and its daily manifestations in the USA, in Germany and elsewhere around the world. We firmly support the struggles for justice, equality and the protection of the rights of black people and people…

Celebrating Africa Day

OPINION Prof. Dr Thoko Kaime, 25 May 2020 Today, on May 25th, is Africa Day. It is a special day to reflect on Africanness, African brotherhood and sisterhood. It is also a difficult day as it brings into sharp relief the failure of our independence projects. Most of our nations are still under the cosh…

Observations on the Malawi Presidential Election Petition of 2019

ANALYSIS Prof. Dr Thoko Kaime, 8 May 2020 On 8 May 2020, the Supreme Court of Malawi upheld the judgement of the Constitutional Court in finding that Peter Mutharika was not duly elected as president of the Republic of Malawi in the May 2019 elections and ordering a fresh election within 150 days. The judgment…