justice and the rule of law in africa
By Anthony Ikechukwu Kanu

About this book

In the primitive era, the popular maxim was: 'Might is right'. There was practically no law except the decree and dictates of the mighty or simply whatever tinkles the fancy of the mighty. During this period, the sense of justice and the rule of law was never mentioned nor emphasized. The ruler and the mighty were seen and regarded as gods and whatever they say becomes law and binding on the people. But following the dynamic nature of human society, there evolved the era of promotion of the fundamental human rights in the early years of the 20th century. And thereafter, the notion of justice and its corollary, rule of law, became a global discourse. Experience has shown that any civil society without manifest and proper application and deep reverence for justice and the rule of law is at the verge of self-destruction. In fact, one can say that there is no society without some elements of justice. To say that justice and the rule of law are fundamental to the being and sustenance of every society is simply stating the obvious. A just society is such that adheres strictly to the rule of law. The rule of law becomes the framework for a practical application of justice in a particular society. However, studies have shown that the notion of justice has been conceived and understood differently by scholars and individual societies. As a people, Africa has a peculiar understanding of justice and the rule of law. There are some peculiarities in the way and manner justice is administered in the African world. The pertinent questions now are: How is justice and the rule of law understood in Africa? How rationally permissible is the notion of justice and the rule of law in Africa? What are the parameters for the administration of justice in Africa? What is the place of the contemporary African society in the global community with reference to justice and the rule of law? Preoccupied with these and the related questions, this book stems from the desks of members of the Association for the Promotion of African Studies (APAS) to address the issues and challenges pertaining to justice and the rule of law in Africa. It is believed that proper understanding and application of justice and the rule of law in Africa will certainly bring about socio-political and economic development on the entire continent of Africa. Noticed an error in this book? Send a mail to to report it

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