Houngue, Benin, Election Disputes, Megapolitics, Constitutional Law, African Court on Human and Peoples Rights
The judgment in Houngue Éric Noudehouenou v. Republic of Benin adds to the growing body of human rights jurisprudence on national electoral processes in Africa’s international courts. The decision demonstrates the growing importance of Africa’s regional and sub-regional courts as an alternative venue for opposition politicians, activists, and citizens to mobilize and challenge election processes and constitutional amendment processes where the playing field in their state is uneven. In turn, it reinforces the pivotal role of the regional and sub-regional courts in consolidating democratic governance in Africa, and reveals the limits of assessing the performance of Africa’s international courts solely on conventional measures of effectiveness and compliance.
Olabisi D. Akinkugbe, "International Decision Commentary: Houngue Éric Noudehouenou v. Republic of Benin" (2021) 115:2 Am J Intl L 281.