Benin’s Constitutional Court: An Institutional Model for Enforcing Human Rights


Anna Rotman


This piece is based on field research the author conducted in Benin, West Africa during January 2003. The paper explores how the Court operates as a hybrid institution, by combining the competences traditionally associated with a constitutional court with the mandate of a national human rights commission. The paper argues that the Beninese Constitutional Court could provide an institutional model for guaranteeing human rights through a state-sponsored institution.


Comparative and Foreign Law | Human Rights Law | International Law | Judges

Date of this Version

November 2003