Her Ladyship Chief Justice: The Rise of Female Leaders in the Judiciary in Africa

Africa Today 62:2 (2015), pp. 45–69

26 Pages Posted: 26 May 2016

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Josephine Jarpa Dawuni

Howard University

Alice Kang

University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Date Written: November 24, 2015

Abstract

In recent years, women have been selected as leaders of African judiciaries. This article identifies where and when women have become chief justices and presidents of constitutional courts from 1990 to 2014. We profile women from three civil-law and three common-law countries and find that the women selected meet or exceed the requirements for holding the highest position in the judiciary. We then explore why some African countries, but not others, have had female judicial leaders. We initially find that the selection method may be less important than the type of legal system, the commitment of gatekeepers, the end of major armed conflict, and regional diffusion in explaining why some countries have seen women rise to leadership positions in the judiciary.

Suggested Citation

Dawuni, Josephine Jarpa and Kang, Alice, Her Ladyship Chief Justice: The Rise of Female Leaders in the Judiciary in Africa (November 24, 2015). Africa Today 62:2 (2015), pp. 45–69. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2783949

Josephine Jarpa Dawuni (Contact Author)

Howard University ( email )

2400 Sixth Street, NW
Department of Political Science
Washington, DC 20059
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.josephinedawuni.com

Alice Kang

University of Nebraska at Lincoln ( email )

Lincoln, NE 68588
United States

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