The African Union (AU) adopted the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) in 2007 as a unique legal instrument aimed at improving the African governance landscape and addressing the daunting challenges posed by civil wars, coups d’état, gross human rights violations and election-related violence. Over the course of its 10+ years of existence, fascinating developments, challenges and questions have emerged, some of which were arguably not anticipated by its drafters.
In this special issue on the ACDEG, the Journal of African Law brings together a range of related expertise from practitioners and academics, most of whom have actively engaged in key AU institutions such as the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the African Union Commission. The special issue covers topics such as the development of the ACDEG, its justiciability and relationship to human rights, and its implications for popular uprisings and presidential term limits.
The special issue is available for free here.