• Academic Freedom in Africa. A Human Rights Perspective

Lambert Academic Publishing
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(Thabang Masingi holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (University of South Africa), a Master of Laws degree (University of Pretoria) and a Certificate in Banking and Financial Markets (University of Witwatersrand). He is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa. He currently works as a practicing attorney in Johannesburg, South Africa.)


This book is an attempt to close the gap that exists in Africa as regards the state of literature addressing itself to the issue of academic freedom, as a human right, from an African perspective. The right to academic freedom is relevant in terms of its protection and guarantee in Africa, in that, being a poor continent, the only hope that Africa has for its regeneration is mainly through educating its population. This can only be achieved in an environment which secures for academic professionals, who are teachers of the African population, the most necessary of freedoms in pursuit of their academic work. Thus an elaboration on the right to academic freedom and its content, as well as the extent of its protection as a human right in Africa is undertaken in this book. The book ultimately makes out a case for the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights to adopt an interpretation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights that includes protection of the right to academic freedom.

MATERIAS: Human rights, international law, Freedom of expression, Academic freedom, Right to Education, African Charter, freedom of speech, African Commission