Africa and international humanitarian law: The more things change, the more they stay the same

25 September 2017 Gus Waschefort

Africa, both on the inter-State level and the academic level, maintains a very low profile in the global debate on international humanitarian law (IHL). IHL issues do not feature prominently in the armed conflict debate within Africa, and African States and people do not significantly participate in the global IHL debate. This contribution is aimed at both identifying the reasons for this lack of regional engagement with IHL and identifying entry points for such engagement. It also ambitiously calls for ongoing and engaged focus on IHL in Africa, and to this end, a number of issues for future consideration can be extrapolated from the issues discussed.

About the author

Gus Waschefort
University of Essex

Gus Waschefort is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Essex School of Law and Member of the Human Rights Centre. Prior to joining the University of Essex, he held academic appointments at the University of Pretoria and the University of South Africa. Between 2011 and 2013, Dr Waschefort was appointed Legal Adviser to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions.