The Impact of African Philosophy on the Realisation of International Community and the Observance of International Law

  • Foluke Ifejola Ipinyomi
  • International Community Law Review, February 2016, Brill
  • DOI: 10.1163/18719732-12341319

African Philosophy and International Law

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What is it about?

In this article I argue that the international community is defined as a unitary actor that is separate from post-colonial Africa. The effect of this is to relegate the African experience to a footnote in research. International law then goes ahead to prescribe solutions for African problems which ignores African historicity, philosophy and values. This results in an international community that is not sufficiently communal and a disregard for international law.

Why is it important?

International action is predicated on international cohesion. Crises like the Ebola epidemic, Zika, international terrorism, international migration, conflicts in Syria and North Africa... require a human-centred approach that recognises the validity of ALL human existence. Research that claims to be global cannot hope to be useful to humanity, if it requires admission into the human race.


Dr Foluke Ifejola Adebisi
University of Bristol

This article is part of an overall research ideology that seeks new ways of interpreting the African experience within international law to ensure optimum and effective protection for the voiceless, the unseen and the forgotten.

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