Item description for Re-Defining Legitimate Statehood:International Law and State Fragmentation in Africa (Developments in International Law, Vol 36) by Obiora Chinedu Okafor...
The purpose of this volume is dual. The first is to provide information about the question of the role that doctrines and practices of international law have played in the emergence and persistence of the phenomenon of socio-cultural fragmentation, and therefore of inter-group conflict, within African states. The second is to provide original thought about the ways in which, prompted by the emergent turn in our time to minority and group rights, international law and multilateral African states have begun the long journey toward modifying those doctrines and practices that have led to such unfortunate results, and have thereby begun to make very valuable contributions to the effort to prevent and/or reduce the incidence of inter-group strife in specific African contexts. The book is not, however, limited in scope by its utilisation of Africa as a case study. The book's core is based on analysis of traditional and contemporary international legal doctrines and practices, their effects in specific contexts, as well as on the role of multilateral institutions in the prevention of internecine conflict within established states. It is hoped that, with the use of African states as case studies, the book will be a contribution to the advancement of scholarly knowledge regarding the general question of the relationship among the doctrines of international law, the activities of multilateral institutions, and the management of the problems of fragmentation and internecine strife within established states the world over. This volume is relevant to international lawyers, specialists in international politics, diplomats, theorists, minority and group rights scholars, historians, and human rights activists in general. It is particularly relevant to the African studies specialist, the statesman and the diplomat.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.53" Width: 6.38" Height: 0.79" Weight: 1.19 lbs.
Release Date Jan 26, 2000
ISBN 9041113533 ISBN13 9789041113535
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More About Obiora Chinedu Okafor
Professor Okafor joined Osgoode Hall Law School after holding faculty positions at the University of Nigeria and Carleton University. He has served as an SSRC-MacArthur Foundation Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School's human rights program; as a Canada-US Fulbright Scholar at the MIT program on human rights and justice; and as an expert panellist for the then United Nations Commission on Human Rights' Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent. His doctoral dissertation at the University of British Columbia received the Governor General's Gold Medal (the prize for best doctoral dissertation university-wide). He also received Osgoode's Teaching Excellence Award in 2002. He is currently working on a funded study relating to human rights activism by the labor movement in Nigeria, as well as on a major project examining the character of refugee law/refugeehood post 9/11. Professor Okafor has published extensively in the fields of international human rights law and refugee law, as well as general public international law. Aside from this volume, he has also written or co-edited 5 other books and over 40 articles and papers.
Obiora Chinedu Okafor has an academic affiliation as follows - York University, Toronto.