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Foundations of Human Rights and Development: A Critique of African Human Rights Instruments
Faculty Scholarship
  • Joseph M Isanga, Concordia University School of Law
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
10-1-2012
Abstract

This Article argues that, of the contemporary human rights theories, sustainable African development necessitates grounding human rights in complete alignment with the broader perspective of natural law theory, as opposed to narrower perspectives such as utilitarian, positivist, and kindred theories.3 Part I presents pertinent philosophical theories and modes of analysis in conjunction with general international legal jurisprudence. Part II then uses this philosophical analysis to examine specific African human rights instruments and jurisprudence. Part III considers African traditional human rights conceptions. Part IV recommends a natural law foundation for African development. [excerpt]

Citation Information
Joseph M. Isanga, Foundations of Human Rights and Development: A Critique of African Human Rights Instruments, 11 Ave Maria L. Rev. 123, 148 (2012).