The Justice Sector and Rule of Law in Namibia: Framework, Selected Legal Aspects and Cases

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The Justice Sector and Rule of Law in Namibia: Framework, Selected Legal Aspects and Cases


This publication forms part of the series The Justice Sector and the Rule of Law in Namibia, which is jointly published by the Namibia Institute for Democracy (NID) and the Human Rights and Documentation Centre (HRDC), which is based in the Faculty of Law at the University of Namibia (UNAM). The series comprises three publications: Framework, Selected Legal Aspects and Cases; Management, Personnel and Access; and The Criminal Justice System. It has been published within the scope of a corporate agreement between the NID and the Embassy of Finland, with the overall aim of strengthening the institutional, advocacy and anti-corruption capacity of civil society and selected government institutions. The series does not claim to be either comprehensive or without some rough edges; after all, the publications are the products of capacity building. Divergent views are reflected with the aim of providing the reader with an overview of the nexus where the rule of law intersects with the administration of justice and with the protection and promotion of human rights in general, and in particular of the rights of those most vulnerable within our society, such as women and children. The publication is intended to be useful for lawyers and non-lawyers alike. Long-term, sustainable economic and social development is dependent on democratic governance and the rule of law. A framework for the rule of law is essential for the effective regulation of the interactions and co-existence of citizens within a democracy. This series of publications comes at an important time for Namibia, which celebrated 20 years of independent nationhood in 2010. It is intended to describe the institutional arrangements in a constitutional democracy and to reflect on the quality of democracy in Namibia. The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) conceptualised, initiated and supported this research project. The NID was assigned by the Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project, or AFRIMAP, to conduct the research in partnership with the HRDC.


Oliver C. Ruppel & Lotta N. Ambunda



Namibia Institute for Democracy




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Oliver C. Ruppel & Lotta N. Ambunda, “The Justice Sector and Rule of Law in Namibia: Framework, Selected Legal Aspects and Cases,” Namibia Digital Repository, accessed July 19, 2024,

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