Africa Today https://scholarworks.iu.edu/iupjournals/index.php/aft <p><em>Africa Today</em>&nbsp;(ISSN&nbsp;0001-9887, e-ISSN 1527-1978)&nbsp;publishes peer-reviewed, scholarly articles and book reviews in a broad range of academic disciplines on topics related to contemporary Africa. We seek to be a venue for interdisciplinary approaches, diverse perspectives, and original research in the humanities and social sciences. This includes work on social, cultural, political, historical, and economic subjects. Recent special issues have been on topics such as the future of African artistic practices, the socio-cultural life of bus stations in Africa, and family-based health care in Ghana. <em>Africa Today</em> has been on the forefront of African Studies research since 1954. Please read our <a title="Submission Guidelines" href="https://scholarworks.iu.edu/iupjournals/index.php/aft/about/submissions">Submission Guidelines</a> and contact the Managing Editor or any of the editors with additional questions you might have about publishing in&nbsp;<em>Africa Today</em>.</p> <p>The journal is published quarterly in winter, spring, summer, and fall by Indiana University Press, Office of Scholarly Publishing, Herman B Wells Library 350, 1320 E. 10th St., Bloomington, IN 47405-3907.</p> <p>To view current and past issues, visit&nbsp;<em>Africa Today</em>&nbsp;on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.jstor.org/journal/africatoday">JSTOR</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://muse.jhu.edu/journal/19">Project MUSE</a>.</p> en-US afrtoday@indiana.edu (Derek F. DiMatteo) dapyle@indiana.edu (Dan Pyle) Mon, 13 May 2019 12:02:40 -0400 OJS 3.1.1.4 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 The Vulnerability of Judges in Contemporary Africa: Alarming Trends https://scholarworks.iu.edu/iupjournals/index.php/aft/article/view/679 The judicialization of politics has been described as one of the most significant phenomena of late twentieth and early twenty-first century government. While the courts have more judicial muscle than they did centuries ago, it would be a mistake to assume that with more power, has come more protection. This paper discusses judicial independence by highlighting some concerning instances of judicial interference which have occurred in Sub-Saharan Africa since 2010 to date. In my discussion of these threats, I highlight that the executive is not the only avenue by which interference in the judiciary occurs. I conclude with suggestions of ways in which judges as social actors can mitigate undue influence and present a stronger judiciary Tabeth Lynn Masengu ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://scholarworks.iu.edu/iupjournals/index.php/aft/article/view/679 Mon, 13 May 2019 12:00:14 -0400