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Book Review – Democracy in Africa: Successes, Failures, and the Struggle for Political Reform

Dr Nic Cheeseman provides a comprehensive account of democracy in Africa that is of use to students and experts alike, says Jamie Hitchen.
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Chief Law Reform Officer urges government to act on report on 2004-6 constitutional review

At the Lilongwe launch of her publication Duty of Care: Constitutional and law reform, in Malawi, Dr Janet Chikaya-Banda urged the government to “fish out” the Law Commission’s report on the 2004-6 constitutional review and “move forward the recommendations”. As chief law reform...
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Duty of Care: Constitutional and law reform, in Malawi

During the economic and political turmoil which beset Malawi in 2011-12, the constitution and the rule of law were frequently invoked by protesters. In March 2012, the influential inter-faith Public Affairs Committee (PAC) issued a communiqué to President Mutharika which...
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Grassroots justice in Rwanda

Since 2001, the gacaca community courts have been the centrepiece of Rwanda’s justice and reconciliation process. Nearly every adult Rwandan has participated in the trials, but lawyers are banned from any official involvement. Human rights organisations fiercely opposed the use...