Doctoral candidate presents work at SERAJ seminar

On 17 March 2017, Anneth Amin – a member of the Socio-Economic Rights and Administrative Justice (‘SERAJ’) Research Group – presented aspects of her doctoral research at a SERAJ seminar. She is currently finalising her doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Professor Sandra Liebenberg. Her doctorial study, entitled A Teleological Approach to the Socio-Economic Rights in the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, investigates how the interpretation of socio-economic rights in the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights can be done in a manner that renders such rights effective and improves the socio-economic conditions of people in Africa. In her doctoral dissertation, Anneth argues for the adoption of the teleological approach to interpretation as an appropriate approach for interpreting the socio-economic rights in the African Charter. During the seminar, Anneth presented findings based on her analysis of the socio-economic rights jurisprudence of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. She also demonstrated the inconsistencies regarding the Commission’s approach to interpretation and the model of review. In closing, Anneth argued for the adoption of mechanisms by the supervisory organs of the African Charter in order to align their socio-economic rights jurisprudence with the teleological approach.

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