ISBN 9781868882458
Pages 404
Dimensions 234 x 156 mm
Published 2002
Publisher University of Namibia Press, Namibia
Format Paperback

The Constitution at Work

10 Years of Namibian Nationhood

edited by Manfred O Hinz

This volume brings together papers from a conference convened by the University of Namibia on the constitutional and human rights record of the government of Namibia since 1990. It was held against the background of the development of the written constitution, and principles of human rights therein, and in recognition of the importance of interface between academics and policymakers. Many papers consider the land reform question, the laws of expropriation in Namibia and other countries of Southern Africa, and developments and vicissitudes thus far. They show how land reform policies in Namibia are being conducted within the spirit of the constitution and advocate such an approach. The editors assess the success of the independent judiciary against the prerogative to create balance and respect between the executive, the juciciary and wider society.

Other perspectives on the subject, local, regional and international, include: governance in Namibia and the international environment; traditional authorities; the African regional system of human rights protection; the values and spirit of the South African constitution; the principles for designing the constitution and policies of the EU; the constitutional prohibition on torture; sustaining peace and unity, and the integration of former freedom fighters into the Namibian Defence Force; gender and law reform; and press freedom and state practice.

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