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This chapter assesses the practice of African Union (AU) member States in relation to treaty ratification against the context of competing conceptual theories explaining state behaviour and decision-making with respect to treaty ratification. By focusing on the basic ratification-signature correlations of these treaties, the discussion seeks to identify the type of treaty policy areas in which AU members have recorded high, standard and low treaty commitment. The chapter also examines the major factors that impede expeditious ratification of Organization of African Unity (OAU) /AU human rights and human rights-related treaties and makes recommendations on how to overcome them. A general conclusion of the chapter is that treaties that do not create any tension with the domestic legal regimes and structures and only require minimal changes to existing national law stand a better chance of getting ratified.

Keywords: African Union (AU) member States; national law; Organization of African Unity (OAU)



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