ABSTRACT

The field of human rights poses particular challenges to academic cooperation between African and Northern researchers and institutions. Scholars and activists have long debated whether human rights are a vehicle for the Global North to present its values as universal, and human rights are often criticised for their Eurocentric origins, frameworks and power structures (Ghai, 2007). The purpose of this chapter is to analyse how African universities can equip law graduates to provide African societies with legal tools suited to their needs and contexts, and to discuss how they can navigate the demands of international human rights standards on their own terms.