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Comparative Constitutionalism and Good Governance in the Commonwealth: An Eastern and Southern African Perspective

Edited by John Hatchard, Muna Ndulo, and Peter Slinn

The central role that good, effective and capable governance plays in the economic and social development of a country is now widely recognised. Using the Commonwealth countries of eastern and southern Africa (the ESA states) as the basis for discussion, this book analyses some of the key constitutional issues in the process of developing, strengthening and consolidating the capacity of states to ensure the good governance of their peoples. Utilising comparative material, the book seeks to draw lessons, both positive and negative, about the problems of constitutionalism in the region and, in doing so, critically addresses the legal issues involved in seeking to make constitutions ‘work’ in practice.

John Hatchard is Visiting Professor of Law at The Open University and General Secretary of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association. He is Joint Editor of the Journal of African Law. He has lived and worked in Africa for many years and has held senior positions on the law faculty at both the University of Zambia and University of Zimbabwe.

Muna Ndulo is Professor of Law at the Cornell Law School and Director of the Institute for African Development in the University. He was formerly Professor of Law and Dean of the School of Law, University of Zambia and Director of the Law Practice Institute of the Council of Legal Education in Zambia. He has served as Legal Officer, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. He has worked on elections and political transformation in several countries. He was Chief Political Adviser to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for South Africa and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Africa, Chief Legal Adviser, United Nations Mission to East Timor and Legal Officer with United Nations Mission in Kosovo.

Peter Slinn is Director of the Diplomacy Programme at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and adjunct Professor of Law, University of Notre-Dame. He is Vice-President of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association, Joint General Editor of the Law Reports of the Commonwealth, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association and the Trustee Committee of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative.


Cambridge University Press 2004, ISBN-13: 978-0-5215-8464-7; ISBN-10: 0-5215-8464-7 hardcover, 387 pages