An African Path to Disability Justice

Community, Relationships and Obligations

  • Oche Onazi

Part of the Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice book series (IUSGENT, volume 78)

About this book


How should disability justice be conceptualised, not by orthodox human rights or capabilities approaches, but by a legal philosophy that mirrors an African relational community ideal? This book develops the first comprehensive answer to this question through the contemporary literature on African philosophy, which is relied upon to construct a legal philosophy of disability justice comprising of ethical ideals of community, human relationships and obligations. From these ideals, an African legal philosophy of disability justice is offered as a criterion for critically evaluating existing laws, legal and political institutions, as well as providing an ethical basis for creating new ones to ensure that they are inclusive to people with disabilities. In taking an alternative perspective on the subject, the book outlines and emphasises the need for a new public culture of obligations owed to people with disabilities, highlighting both the prospects and difficulties of achieving the ideal of disability justice that continues to elude the lived experiences of millions of Africans today.


Disability Justice African Legal Theory or Legal Philosophy Disability Justice in Africa Human Rights and Disability Justice in Africa African Legal Theory of Disability Justice duty of community in disability justice duty of love in disability justice duty of compassion in disability justice contemporary disability justice discourse meaning of disability nature of obligations owed to disabled persons institutional response to disability justice

Authors and affiliations

  • Oche Onazi
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-35849-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-35850-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1534-6781
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-9902
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