Conflicting Conceptions of Human Rights: Rethinking the African Post-Colonial State
American Society of International Law, Proceedings of the 89th Annual Meeting, pp. 487-490, April 1995
9 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2010
Date Written: 1995
This piece argues that the existential threat that faces Africa is a result of the legacy of colonialism that has trapped the continent in values, norms, and structures which have denied its states and countries national coherence. It contends that those who seek to reform Africa through the liberal normative project are bound to be disappointed because the continent is unlikely to respond to norms that are not moored in its cultures. In particular, the piece faults the individualism of the liberal project and wonders how it would work devoid of the balance of the community that is embedded in the African reality.
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