Gender Relations in (the) Crisis – Legislating Domestic Violence and Femicide in Ghana

ANALYSIS Anna Ayeh 24 September 2021 The Coronavirus pandemic has dragged societal drawbacks into the light of public awareness worldwide – from deplorable conditions within health systems and profound shortcomings in digital infrastructures and education, to an intensifying wage inequality. A particular crystallization point of the crisis: gender relations. Early in 2020, experts bemoaned a…

Tunisia’s Women Farmworkers: A Departure from a Victimization Discourse

ANALYSIS Dhouha Djerbi 17 September 2021 One cannot drive through rural Sidi Bouzid – the birthplace of the 2010 Tunisian revolution – without noticing the many women sitting or standing in the open cargo area of dilapidated light-duty trucks. If they survive these hazardous “cattle-like” journeys, they reach farmlands owned by large landowners or corporate…

Living Law and African Women’s Rights in a Digital Era

ANALYSIS Linda Besigiroha 10 September 2021 For many women in Africa,[1] ‘everyday’ living represents not ‘ordinary’, but a literal daily struggle to exist on one’s own terms. My home country Uganda, for instance, is lauded for making significant strides in educating girls and broadening women’s access to the public sphere, but ‘the personal’ is yet…

Abortion: A Fundamental Human Right? Reproductive and Sexual Health Rights in Uganda

ANALYSIS Freda Louwes 3 September 2021 Sexual and reproductive health rights are fundamental human rights, according to the Constitution of the World Health Organization and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is the state’s obligation to provide the highest attainable standard of health; an obligation enshrined in several international agreements. One country of particular…

Legal Interventions of African Countries to Reduce Single-Use Plastics – Are the Laws Enough?

COMMENT Isabelle Zundel 30 August 2021 The increase of tragic natural disasters in intensity and frequency is proof of the immense challenge climate change displays. One of many contributing factors to climate change is the pollution and destruction of the environment through single-use plastic waste (SUP). The impacts are manifold and range from threatening terrestrial…

Decolonizing Law and its Practitioner’s Minds on the Example of LGBTQI+ Rights

COMMENT Isabelle Zundel 30 July 2021 Inspired by the contributors on the series “Decolonizing Law and Legal Studies” so far, I would like to stress the point Prof. Hamoudi made on the inevitable need to decolonize one’s mind in a world of deadlocked power relations between Global North and Global South. I will elaborate this…

Decolonisation, Law and Legal Education: A Multimodal View

COMMENT Prof. Dr. Luke Mason 30 July 2021 It is hardly a radical proposition to suggest that decolonisation is an essentially contested concept. Indeed, it is partly the pluralistic nature of the very idea which makes it an intrinsically valuable one, allowing a creative playfulness around the ideas of canonical and threshold knowledge, and providing…

Decolonizing the Rule of Law

COMMENT Prof. Dr. Haider Hamoudi 16 July 2021 A few years ago, in a book on the crisis of legitimacy facing the international rule of law movement,  I wrote a chapter on the importance of decolonizing the mind when approaching heavily loaded phraseology such as the “rule of law.”  Then and now, I have been…

Collective Human Rights in the Context of Decolonisation

ANALYSIS Prof. Dr. Bernd Kannowski 09 July 2021 What is decolonisation? By decolonisation we mean the processes of replacement that lead to the end of colonial rule, but above all the social, cultural, legal and economic developments that follow state independence. The process of decolonisation can be divided into five phases, with many considering the…

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…