The Raoul Wallenberg Institute’s Harare office is proud to have facilitated the launch of the newest book on constitutional and human rights law – ‘The Judiciary and the Zimbabwean Constitution’ – in collaboration with the University of Zimbabwe’s Falculty of Law’s Department of Legal Research and Innovation. This publication was edited by Dr. James Tsabora, a law lecturer in the faculty of law of the University of Zimbabwe, one of RWI’s partner Universities and contains contributions from various academic scholars and institutions
The book aims to offer an insight on the performance of the Zimbabwe judiciary, based on its jurisprudence, in its interpretation of the new national Constitution. At its core, the book is concerned with the examination of the ‘due process of the law’; which was defined by Lord Denning in his book titled after the concept as: ‘The measures authorised by the laws so as to keep the streams of justice pure: to see that trials and inquiries are fairly conducted, that arrests and searches are properly made, that lawful remedies are readily available and that unnecessary delays are eliminated’.
In its goal of reaffirming the centrality of the judiciary in the promotion and safe guarding of individual rights and freedom entrenched by the Constitution, the book contains chapters touching upon a broad range of issues such as electoral justice, the right to fair labour practices, the right to administrative justice, rights of children, the right to sexual and reproductive health, environmental rights and the justiciability of socio-economic rights regarding health and water under the new constitutional dispensation.
The book, which was launched at the University of Zimbabwe’s Access to Justice Centre as part of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Capacity Development Programme, supported by Sida, covers interesting perspectives on the nature, mandate, and structure of the judiciary and its role in promoting constitutionalism, the rule of law, and human rights.