Towards a greater role and enhanced effectiveness of national Human Rights Commissions in advancing the domestic implementation of socio-economic rights : Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda as case studies

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dc.contributor.author Beredugo, Ayebaesin Jacob
dc.contributor.author Viljoen, Frans
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-19T06:28:35Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-19T06:28:35Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.description.abstract Although national Human Rights Commissions (NHRCs) are institutional mechanisms suitable for advancing the domestic implementation of socioeconomic rights, traditional approaches to the advancement of these rights have more readily focused on the role of courts. This process has witnessed the prioritisation of the justiciability of these rights above other non- and quasi-judicial means for their realisation. As a result, contemporary scholarship has barely noticed the role and practical efforts of NHRCs in this regard. To fill this gap, this article evaluates the mandate, activities, and effectiveness of NHRCs in three selected Commonwealth African countries – Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda – and identifies four factors which either impair or enhance their effective performance of this role: the explicit provision of socio-economic rights as justiciable guarantees in the constitutional framework of states; the granting of an explicit legal or constitutional mandate on socio-economic rights to NHRCs; the provision of adequate institutional, functional, and financial independence for NHRCs; and a high level of institutional support from other institutions that ensure states’ accountability for human rights. en_ZA
dc.description.department Centre for Human Rights en_ZA
dc.description.librarian gl2016 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://content.ajarchive.org/cdm4/index_00104051.php?CISOROOT=/00104051 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://reference.sabinet.co.za/sa_epublication/cilsa en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Beredugo, AJ & Viljoen, F 2015, 'Towards a greater role and enhanced effectiveness of national Human Rights Commissions in advancing the domestic implementation of socio-economic rights : Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda as case studies', Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa, vol. 48, no. 3, pp. 401-430. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0010-4051
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/52709
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Institute for Foreign and Comparative Law en_ZA
dc.rights Institute for Foreign and Comparative Law en_ZA
dc.subject Commonwealth African countries en_ZA
dc.subject Human rights en_ZA
dc.subject National Human Rights Commissions (NHRCs) en_ZA
dc.subject Nigeria en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.subject Uganda en_ZA
dc.subject Socio-economic rights en_ZA
dc.title Towards a greater role and enhanced effectiveness of national Human Rights Commissions in advancing the domestic implementation of socio-economic rights : Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda as case studies en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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