The Impact of African Philosophy on the Realisation of International Community and the Observance of International Law

International Community Law Review 18 (2016) 3–33

Posted: 13 Dec 2016

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

The legal nature of international law is uncertain, despite being the foundation of the international community. Its non-universality questions the cohesion and efficacy of the international community. The international community operates as an exclusive club, coalescing around certain shared values, like liberal democracy and free market economy. Sub-Saharan Africa is usually excluded from being an active part of the international community due to differing values; a shared understanding of community which conflicts with the shared values of the core of the international community. Furthermore, their post-colonial nature deters African states from choosing their own path or adopting the norms of the ‘international community.’ A paradigmatic shift in research into sub-Saharan Africa and the international community is necessary to ensure a truly effective international community and wider observance of international law.

Keywords: International Community, African Legal Philosophy, State Failure, Sub-Saharan Africa, International Law

Suggested Citation

Adebisi, Foluke Ifejola, The Impact of African Philosophy on the Realisation of International Community and the Observance of International Law (2016). International Community Law Review 18 (2016) 3–33. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2883556

Foluke Ifejola Adebisi (Contact Author)

University of Bristol ( email )

Wills Memorial Building
Queen's Road Clifton
Bristol BS8 1RJ, BS8 1RJ
United Kingdom

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