(forthcoming)
ISBN 978-3-89645-847-6

Faire la magistrature

Careers, Self-images and Independence of the Beninese Judiciary (1894-2016) – With a Preface by Thomas Bierschenk

Author: Annalena Kolloch. Edited by: Heike Drotbohm, Franziska Fay, Matthias Krings, Nico Nassenstein, Anja Oed, Markus Verne. With a preface by: Thomas Bierschenk.

Series: Mainzer Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung Volume 46

3rd quarter 2022
248 pp.
1 colour map, 10 colour photos, 3 colour diagrams, 2 colour illustrations, 2 facsimile reproductions, numerous tables and charts, appendices
Text language(s): English
Format: 170 x 240 mm
530 g
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Since 2012, judges and prosecutors in Benin have gone on strike repeatedly, sometimes for months at a time. They are protesting against sweeping accusations of corruption, irregular appointments and political influence. On 10 July 2014, the dispute between the judiciary and the government came to a head. Wearing judicial robes, the magistrates demonstrated on the streets of Porto‐Novo against the government’s bill to take away their right to strike and other freedoms.

What moved them not only to stop working again and again, but even to protest in the streets wearing their robes? What does it mean to be a magistrate and to work in this profession in this politically tense situation in Benin? Why do the magistrates act the way they do? In this book, the actions and views of state magistrates are examined and thus contribute to the larger question of how statehood functions in Africa and Benin in particular. In doing so, a portrait of a professional group which goes back to 1894 was created.

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