Calling the Judiciary to Account for the Past: Transitional Justice and Judicial Accountability in Nigeria

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Institutional and individual accountability is an important feature of societies in
transition from conflict or authoritarian rule. The imperative of accountability
has both normative and transformational underpinnings in the context of restoration of the rule of law and democracy. This article argues a case for extending the purview of truth-telling processes to the judiciary in postauthoritarian contexts. The driving force behind the inquiry is the proposition that the judiciary as the third arm of government at all times participates in governance. To contextualize the argument, I focus on judicial governance and accountability within the paradigm of Nigeria’s transition to democracy after decades of authoritarian military rule.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)194-226
JournalLaw and Policy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008