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Title:Administrative law in Namibia, its current state, challenges, and proposals for law reform
Author:Parker, CollinsISNI
Periodical:The Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa (ISSN 0010-4051)
Geographic term:Namibia
Subjects:administrative law
judicial review of legislation
Abstract:This article discusses the object of administrative law as the promotion of democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights in the attainment of efficient, transparent and fair public administration. It defines the scope and some key principles of administrative law. It also discusses the main principles of judicial review, and posits that in Namibia the main aim of judicial review is to ensure that administrative bodies and officials act in accordance with the administrative justice requirements under article 18 of the Namibian Constitution, which embraces and extends the common law principles of review. In Namibia, the court having original jurisdiction in judicial review is the High Court, unlike much of contintental Europe, for example France, which has special administrative law courts. Finally, the author mentions some challenges facing administrative law in Namibia, questioning the need for more law reform in view of the fact that the right to administrative justice in Namibia is non-derogable. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]