Welcome to the African Human Rights Law Journal (AHRLJ)

ISSN: 1609-073X
E-ISSN: 1996-2096

Welcome to the website of the African Human Rights Law Journal (AHRLJ), a leading peer-reviewed journal focused on human rights related topics of relevance to Africa, Africans and scholars of Africa. As democratic practices and the protection of human rights struggle to become rooted in Africa, the Journal aims to contribute towards strengthening indigenous African scholarship.

The first issue of the AHRLJ appeared in 2001. Since then, the Journal has appeared twice a year, in July and December, without interruption. 

The full text of the AHRLJ is made freely available online immediately upon publication. The AHRLJ is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).  

The AHRLJ is published by the Pretoria University Law Press (PULP) which took over from Juta as publisher in 2013. It is published in association with the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria.

The AHRLJ still publishes a small amount of printed copies for each volume, which are sent out to the required Legal Depository addresses as per the Legal Deposit Act, Act 54 of 1997.  All journal content, dating back to the first issue of 2001, is available and will be maintained on the Journal’s web site (www.ahrlj.up.ac.za).  Earlier issues of the Journal are also availabel from JUTA Publisher (https://juta.co.za/catalogue/african-human-rights-law-journal-2000-2012-online_22320/).

The Journal is published only in English.

Feedback and criticism:  Any suggestions for improving any aspect of the Journal, including its content and editorial approach, are welcomed, and should be submitted at any time to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Latest Edition: AHRLJ Volume 20 No 2 2020

AHRLJ Volume 20 No 2 2020

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Editorial

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Special focus: Assessing the implications of COVID-19 pandemic regulations for human rights and the rule of law in Eastern and Southern Africa

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by Charles Fombad
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Comparative overview of the constitutional framework for controlling the exercise of emergency powers in Africa

by Charles Manga Fombad & Lukman Adebisi Abdulrauf
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Eswatini’s legislative response to COVID-19: Whither human rights?

by Musa Njabulo Shongwe
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Saving the soul of an African constitution: Learning from Kenya’s experience with constitutionalism during COVID-19

by Nkatha Kabira & Robert Kibugi
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Implications of Lesotho’s COVID-19 response framework for the rule of law

by Itumeleng Shale
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Constitutional rights and their limitations: A critical appraisal of the COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa

by Martin van Staden
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Livelihoods and legal struggles amidst a pandemic: The human rights implications of the measures adopted to prevent, contain and manage COVID-19 in Malawi

by Mwiza Jo Nkhata & Anganile Willie Mwenifumbo
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Assessing the implications of digital contact tracing for COVID-19 for human rights and the rule of law in South Africa

by Woojin Lim
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COVID-19 and the inclusion of learners with disabilities in basic education in South Africa: A critical analysis

by Serges Djoyou Kamga
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Exacerbated inequalities: Implications of COVID-19 for the socio-economic rights of women and children in South Sudan

by Joseph Geng Akech
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When guns govern public health: Examining the implications of the militarised COVID-19 pandemic response for democratisation and human rights in Uganda

by James Nkuubi
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Special focus: The African Children’s Charter at 30: Reflections on its past and future contribution to the rights of children in Africa

Editorial

by Nkatha Murungi
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Child protection, safeguarding and the role of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child: Looking back and looking ahead

by Afrooz Kaviani Johnson & Julia Sloth-Nielsen
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Age or maturity? African children’s right to participate in medical decision-making processes

by Elvis Fokala & Annika Rudman
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Childhood sexuality in Africa: A child rights perspective

by Godfrey Dalitso Kangaude, Deevia Bhana & Ann Skelton
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The applicability of the best interests principle to children of imprisoned mothers in contemporary Africa: Between hard and soft law

by Alina Miamingi
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Articles

Res interpretata principle: Giving domestic effect to the judgments of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

by Obonye Jonas
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A missed opportunity? Derogation and the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights case of APDF and IHRDA v Mali

by Brenda K Kombo
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Vulnerability as a human rights variable: African and European developments

by Mikaela Heikkilä & Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso
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Standing to litigate in the public interest in Lesotho: The case for a liberal approach

by Hoolo ‘Nyane & Tekane Maqakachane
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The 2017 military coup in Zimbabwe: Implications for human rights and the rule of law

by Mkhululi Nyathi & Matshobana Ncube
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The Children’s Bill of Mauritius: A critical assessment of key aspects

by Roopanand Mahadew
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Open Access Policy

The African Human Rights Law Journal is an Open Access Journal and provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. In accordance with the definition of the Budapest Open Access Initiative all content published by the African Human Rights Law Journal is made free to users without any registration, subscription or other charges. Users are permitted to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of these articles, or use them for any other lawful, non-commercial purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Pretoria University Law Press (PULP)

The Pretoria University Law Press (PULP) is based at the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa and endeavours to publish and make available innovative, high-quality scholarly texts on law in Africa. Visit the PULP website: www.pulp.up.ac.za

 

Subscriptions

AHRLJ Annual Subscriptions
2 x issues per year

Contact

Pretoria University Law Press / Centre for Human Rights
Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria
South Africa 0002

Tel: +27 12 420 4948
pulp@up.ac.za