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Africa's child soldiers/suicide children: A regulatory framework (2018)
Journal Article
Olivier, M. (2018). Africa's child soldiers/suicide children: A regulatory framework. International Journal of Law and Society, 1(3), 115-124. doi:10.11648/j.ijls.20180103.13

Despite the prohibition of child soldiers by international law, recent African conflicts have witnessed a persistence of this phenomenon, which is becoming ever more specialised. An example of such specialist involvement of children in African armed... Read More

Forced marriage, slavery, and plural legal systems: An African example (2016)
Journal Article
Sarich, J., Olivier, M., & Bales, K. (2016). Forced marriage, slavery, and plural legal systems: An African example. Human rights quarterly, 38(2), 450-476. https://doi.org/10.1353/hrq.2016.0030

Slavery, long abolished under international law, left a devastating imprint on Africa. However, enslavement of women through forced marriages remains a common phenomenon in many African states. These African states share the common feature of legal p... Read More

The role of African Union law in integrating Africa (2015)
Journal Article
Olivier, M. E., & Olivier, M. (2015). The role of African Union law in integrating Africa. The South African journal of international affairs, 22(4), 513-533. https://doi.org/10.1080/10220461.2015.1119718

This article traces how the development of regional law is linked to the state of regional integration in Africa. Given the prominent role European Union law plays in the functioning of the European Union, the question is posed whether there is simil... Read More

2. The Emergence of a Right to Democracy—An African Perspective (2013)
Book Chapter
Olivier, M. (2013). 2. The Emergence of a Right to Democracy—An African Perspective. The Arab Spring, 29-52. Brill Academic Publishers. doi:10.1163/9789004243415_003

The poor quality of governance, lack of democracy and inability of the rule of law to take root in Africa, have been longstanding causes for concern and are directly linked to the ills befalling the continent. This chapter examines the commitment of... Read More

Civil society and democratisation in Africa with specific reference to the African Peer Review Mechanism (2011)
Journal Article
Olivier, M. (2011). Civil society and democratisation in Africa with specific reference to the African Peer Review Mechanism. Strategic review for Southern Africa, 33(2), 106-127

The absence of political tolerance and human rights in many postcolonial African states severely limit the establishment and independent functioning of civil society African states. In the post-Cold War era a new wave of democratisation has emerged i... Read More