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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3 - 33
Number of pages31
JournalInternational Community Law Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016


  • international community
  • African legal philosophy
  • state failure
  • sub-Saharan Africa
  • international law

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