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Chair of African Legal Studies – Prof. Dr. Thoko Kaime

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Research Areas

The Chair’s research activities centre around

  • international human rights law and

  • international environmental law.

A particular area of focus is the intersection between law, legitimacy and public participation in international rule-making and policy implementation within African jurisdictions and African institutions.

Research Projects

Current research priorities include investigations on opportunities to shape progressive action and accountability frameworks in and through international law.                                                                                                                                                                   

  • An example of this area of work includes the Chair’s ongoing study of the extent to which human rights discourse can be deployed as a strategic tool for the realisation of sustainable energy for all; including the articulation of a general right of access to basic energy services.                                                                                                                                                               
  • A parallel study investigates how law, anthropology, politics, economics, history and religious studies can effect significant changes on intractable problems of human rights in Africa including LGBTIQ rights, child labour, child marriage and gender-based violence.

The core of this work centres on grounded research into the legitimating potential of normative forms and, in particular, the analysis of correlations within human rights frameworks and/or sustainability governance regimes. The key objective of this work is the creation of participatory and therefore more durable solutions to urgent legal problems.

Climate Justice in the Global South 

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing mankind. Climate change laws, energy laws and human rights frameworks are key instruments for coping with this challenge. The Global South is disproportionately affected by the global implications, which should be reflected in the designed measurements. You find more information around the chair’s research and organised events in this area here

Everyone's human rights

Ther chair organises a series of debates on human rights in Africa over the summer 2020. You can find more information and the recorded sessions here.

Other Research

The University of Bayreuth hosts many researchers working on diverse issues in African Legal Studies. You can find a selection of their profiles here.

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