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date: 18 November 2019

Rule of Law (Africa)  

Source:
Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability
Author(s):
Catherine P. MacKENZIECatherine P. MacKENZIE

Laws are the rules that bind societies and governments. They are designed to protect the rights of the people and facilitate the fair and equitable use of resources. Laws are not infallible, however, and are subject to problems of enforcement and interpretation. Environmental laws are especially vulnerable to these issues because they are often perceived to run counter to the objectives of economic development. These challenges are particularly acute in much of Africa, because a wide variety of local legal systems have yet to be unified under national and international systems, and many African legal systems lack effective enforcement capacity. ...

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