Reimagining Justice, Human Rights and Leadership in Africa

Challenging Discourse and Searching for Alternative Paths

  • Everisto Benyera

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Conceptualizing Justice, Human Rights and Leadership in Africa

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Everisto Benyera
      Pages 21-35
  3. Justice

  4. Human Rights

  5. Leadership

About this book


Failed attempts in Africa to develop, democratise and instil virtues of a just state and society which promote benevolent leadership and advance political and economic rights and freedoms call for a ‘new’ imagination. By exploring a wide range of issues concerning justice, human rights and leadership, this book makes two major contributions to the extant literature in each of these areas. Firstly, as a project in decoloniality, it constitutes an ‘epistemic break’ from mainstream logics and approaches to understanding state, society and development in Africa, presenting an approach that is filtered through a Euro-American lens that reifies the hegemony of a particular spatio-temporality.  In other words, it emphasises the importance of situatedness by thinking from rather than about or with Africa. And secondly, it addresses a fundamental shortcoming in decolonial thought, which is often criticised for rejecting western paradigms of thought without providing viable alternatives.

The issues covered include state failure in Africa, the geopolitics of US and NATO military interventions on the continent, individual states’ responses to international law, indigenous moral political leadership, authentic inclusion of marginalised voices in development practice, an endogenous approach to environmental ethics, and a spiritualist reflection on the need for Africa to chart her own course to political, social and economic redemption. By searching for alternative paths to justice, human rights and leadership, this book represents an effort to actualise the core vision of the African Renaissance to find ‘African solutions for African problems’.


Human Rights in Africa The Colonial State Ethnic Minority Rights in Africa Invasion of Libya Civic Religion State-Failure in Africa Political Leadership in Africa Military Interventions on the African Continent

Editors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political SciencesUniversity of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa

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