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Vol 22 No 5 May/June 2017

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Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt

Edited by: Patricia Londono, David Eady, A.T.H. Smith, Rt. Hon Lord Eassie
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Corruption and Human Rights Law in Africa

ISBN13: 9781849466370
Published: August 2014
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £55.00
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This important new book provides a framework for complementarity between promoting and protecting human rights and combating corruption. The chapters make three major points regarding the relationship between corruption and human rights law.

First, corruption per se is a human rights violation, insofar as it interferes with the right of the people to dispose of their natural wealth and resources and thereby increases poverty and frustrates socio-economic development. Second, corruption leads to a multitude of human rights violations. Third, the book demonstrates that human rights mechanisms have the capacity to provide more effective remedies to victims of corruption than can other criminal and civil legal mechanisms.

The book takes up one of the pervasive problems of governance--large-scale corruption--to examine its impact on human rights and the degree to which a human rights approach to confronting corruption can buttress the traditional criminal law response. It examines three major aspects of human rights in practice--the importance of governing structures in the implementation and enjoyment of human rights, the relationship between corruption, poverty and underdevelopment, and the threat that systemic poverty poses to the entire human rights edifice.

The book is a very significant contribution to the literature on good governance, human rights and the rule of law in Africa.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties, Other Jurisdictions , Africa
Part I: Framework
1. Corruption and Human Rights Law: Historical and Conceptual Frameworks
2. The International Dimensions of Corruption and Money Laundering

Part II: National and International Laws against Corruption
3. National Legal Frameworks for Fighting Corruption in Africa
4. International Legal Frameworks for Fighting Corruption across Africa

Part III: Human Rights Law and Corruption
5. Effects of Corruption on Human and Peoples’ Rights ;
6. The Potential of Human Rights Law in Combating Corruption in Africa
7. Conclusions

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