Populist politicians accuse the judiciary of stalling societal changes.
The governing ANC’s indifference to constitutionalism has left the constitution vulnerable to opportunistic attack by politicians.
Court decisions based on a judge’s discretion rather than the letter of the law are increasingly common. But this risks undermining some basic liberties.
Vladimir Putin and Ramzan Kadyrov have a personal relationship based on mutual dependence.
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The leader of Chechnya rules with brute force, impunity and near autonomy. Why doesn’t Vladimir Putin rein him in?
Contempt of court is a serious matter. It shouldn’t be a politicised issue.
Former South African president Jacob Zuma in court over corruption charges in 2018.
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If an offender is lawfully released on medical parole, but their health improves or even if they are cured, they cannot be forced to return to prison.
Increases in the number of women lawyers does not equate institutional change in the legal profession.
Philanthropic investments must support the capacity of women in law and leadership.
Presidents Hage Geingob, left, and Cyril Ramaphosa at the Union Buildings in Tshwane.
How Swapo and the ANC respond to any further decline in electoral support will define the future of democracy in both countries.
Former President Donald Trump arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse on April 4, 2023, before his arraignment.
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Presidents have historically criticized judicial decisions. But Trump is taking it a step further with potentially dangerous personal attacks on judges.
The High Court in Accra, Ghana’s capital. Strengthening the judiciary would ensure a better democratic outcome.
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Ghana’s flawed democracy has failed to establish mechanisms to effectively control corruption.
Presidents Cyril Ramaphosa and Vladimir Putin at the first Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, Russia, in 2019.
The government must not trample on its own laws and court decisions. Compliance with the constitution must be the priority.
Demonstrations against South African power supplier ESKOM in 2015.
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South Africa’s courts are likely to set a high bar in cases brought against the government’s most recent state of disaster declaration.
Achieving greater transparency and accountability in democratic governance and in capitalist economics must occur simultaneously.
Raymond W. Baker says the estimated hundreds of billions of dollars in hidden wealth a decade ago has skyrocketed to trillions today.
Matshela Koko, former acting group CEO of Eskom, testifies at the state capture commission in 2021.
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The culture of impunity that has lingered since the presidency of Jacob Zuma has to give way to a new era of integrity and accountability.
Many Americans, many of them Republicans, seek leaders who would violate basic principles of democracy.
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A large proportion of Americans is willing to support leaders who would violate democratic principles.
Donald Trump waves to people during a New Year’s event at his Mar-a-Lago home in December 2022.
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Trump isn’t the first modern president with legal problems, but he would be the first former president to be indicted for alleged crimes.
Protests outside the constitutional court at its decision to grant parole to Chris Hani’s killer, Janusz Walus.
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The court should have given the public a much clearer understanding of how it came to its decision, and what consideration it had given to public opinion.
A court order must be obeyed until it is set aside on appeal.
Ignoring any order of the court undermines democracy and the rule of law. No one should be above the law.
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa.
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The impeachment process could derail Ramaphosa’s political career and seriously hurt the governing ANC’s electoral prospects in 2024.
A Kenyan judicial nominee to the East African Court of Justice, Charles Nyachae, is sworn in before a summit of regional leaders in Kampala in 2018.
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The East African Court of Justice has been a keen promoter of the rule of law, democracy and human rights.
Activists gather in front of Tel Aviv’s Embassy of Egypt to demonstrate in support of activist Alaa Abdel Fattah.
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Many people accept the Egyptian government’s restrictions on freedoms, for a variety of conflicting reasons.