Fostering Constitutionalism in Africa
Edited by Charles Fombad and Christina Murray
ISBN:  978-09814420-8-2
Pages: xvi 396
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About the publication

This volume comprises a small selection of papers first presented at the 2007 African Network of Constitutional Lawyers’ conference in Nairobi.

With contributions from Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Zambia, Malawi and the DRC, they cross the legal and language divides in Africa. Each paper raises issues that concern all Africans committed to good governance and human rights. They provide thought-provoking discussions of constitutional change and maintaining constitutional stability; ways of controlling the power of the executive; and who should control prosecutions, the executive or an independent body. They identify many challenges and try to chart new directions for the entrenchment of constitutionalism on the continent.

All the contributions are in English and French to encourage a truly continental debate on these topical issues.


This book is the first in the ‘Rule of Law in Africa’ series and the financial assistance of the World Bank is gratefully acknowledged.

About the editors:

Charles Fombad is Professor of law and Head of Department of Public Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria.
Christina Murray 
is Professor of Human Rights and Constitutional Law at the University of Cape Town.

Table of Contents


  • 1. Presidential term limits and their impact on constitutionalism in Africa
    Les limites du mandat présidentiel et leurs impacts sur le constitutionnalisme en Afrique
    Charles Fombad and/et Nat Inegbedion
  • 2. Is the end near for the political question doctrine in Nigeria?
    Est-ce bientôt la fin de la doctrine de la question politique au Nigéria?
    Enyinna Nwauche
  • 3. The independence of prosecuting authorities: The Malawi experience
    L’indépendance du parquet: l’expérience du Malawi
    Mabvuto Herbert Hara
  • 4. The politics of constitution-making in Zambia: Where does the constituent power lie?
    La politique d’élaboration de la Constitution en Zambie: où se situe le pouvoir constituant?
    Melvin L M Mbao
  • 5. The making, unmaking and remaking of the constitution of Côte d’Ivoire: An example of chronic instability
    Faire, défaire et refaire la Constitution en Côte d’Ivoire: un exemple d’instabilité chronique
    Djedjro Francisco Meledje
  • 6. The new constitution of the Democratic Republic of Congo: Sources and innovations
    La nouvelle Constitution de la République Démocratique du Congo: Sources et innovations
    Grégoire Bakandeja wa Mpungu

Table of Cases
Table of Statutes
Table of International Instruments

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