Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Law (SJD)



First Advisor

Dr. Christian Nwachukwu Okeke

Second Advisor

Dr. Benedetta Faedi Duramy

Third Advisor

Dr, Sophier Clavier


Combating terrorism in Africa seems to be a mission impossible despite numerous anti-terrorism Laws in existence. Africa has a union, known as African Union (AU), comprising of all independent States in Africa, except Morocco. This AU has a well known anti-terrorism Law known as 'OAU Convention on Preventing and Combating Terrorism, 1999 and other national anti-terrorism laws in existence in its Member States nations. Despite all these anti-terrorism laws, including Plan of Actions for the Prevention and Combating of Terrorism, Protocol to the OAU Convention on the Prevention and Combating of Terrorism in existence, terrorist acts are on the increase daily in the continent. This dissertation reviews the said OAU (AU) Conventions on Preventing and Combating Terrorism, identifies its deficiencies and analyses its inefficacies in preventing and combating terrorism in Africa. It also discusses the Member States' response to the Convention. The dissertation, therefore, argues that terrorism will be better combated on regional level than leaving it on the hands of individual Member States; and recommends that AU should establish a regional court vested with the jurisdiction of terrorism, for an effective combating of terrorism in the Continent of Africa.

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