Prof. Tom Kelley's New Article on Epistemological Dissonance in a Recent Human Rights Case

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Prof. Kelley in Niger

Prof. Tom Kelley has a new article published in the Quinnipiac Law Review, "Apples to Oranges: Epistemological Dissonance in the Human Rights Case, Hadijatou Mani v. Niger." It is available for free download (PDF).

It opens as follows:

In 2008, Hadijatou Mani, a twenty-four year-old uneducated woman from the hinterlands of the Republic of Niger, successfully sued Niger in the Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States ("the ECOWAS Court") for failing to protect her from slavery. As the facts of the case showed, and as Part Ii of this paper will discuss in detail, Hadijatou was purchased at the age of twelve and was held in servitude for ten years before her gumption and a dose of good luck led to her manumission and, after years of legal and person struggles, freedom.

Although Hadijatou's legal action was procedurally and substantively complicated, it turned on the seemingly simple question of whether she was her purchaser's "wife" or "slave." The ECOWAS Court determined that she was his slave and ordered Niger to declare her free and pay her damages in the amount of $19,000.

Read the rest of this fascinating article (PDF).

Posted by Thomas A. Kelley III (Tom) on Fri. June 13, 2014 4:16 PM
Categories: Community Development Law Clinic
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