CLIA member’s book released in July 2023
Dr Desmond Oriakhogba, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Private Law, and member of the Centre for Legal Integration in Africa has published a book on The Right to Research in Africa: Exploring the Copyright and Humans Rights Interface (Springer, 2023).
The book probes imbalances in the African copyright system regarding access to information for research and education, which became painfully apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic. African libraries and knowledge curators found themselves ill-equipped to perform their role of enabling access to information. As teaching, learning and research are increasingly done on digital platforms, learners and researchers grapple with the challenges of accessing materials owing largely to the protection of these resources under copyright laws.
The book highlights an urgent need to revise the African copyright system from the perspective of human rights law. It asks whether this can be done by establishing a human right to research. In view of the existing broad freedom of expression, and the right to science and culture, education, and property in global, national and regional human rights regimes, it formulates a human right to research in Africa. Its arguments are based on in-depth examination of international and regional human rights instruments, as well as those relevant to the national contexts of African countries.
The book offers a valuable resource for judges, lawyers, researchers, librarians and law practitioners in the fields of copyright and human rights. The link to the book is accessible here.