This special issue examines the political role of courts in new democracies in Latin America and Africa, focussing on their ability to hold political power-holder accountable when they act outside their constitutionally defined powers. The book also issues a warning: There are problems inherent in the current global move towards strong constitutional government, where increasingly strong powers are placed in judges who themselves are not made accountable.

Elin Skaar

Senior Researcher, Coordinator: Rights and Legal Institutions