(Lic-en-Drt.(Un. of Yaounde), LL.M., Ph.D (Un of London), Diploma Conflict Resolution (Un of Uppsala).
Fombad is a professor of law and is based in the Institute for International and Comparative Law of the Faculty of Law.
He was previously the Head of Department of Public Law, of the Faculty of Law (2010-2012).
Fombad is member of the Academy of Science of South Africa, a fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) and Vice President of the International Association of Constitutional Law.
Areas of Research interest- Constitutional law; Comparative Constitutional law: Legal history; Mixed legal systems; and Media law
Accepted for Publication
- Article: “Comparative research in contemporary African legal studies" forthcoming in African Journal of Legal Studies
- Article: “Constitutional entrenchment of decentralisation in Africa: An overview of trends and tendencies,” (forthcoming in Journal of African law).
- Book chapter: “The diffusion of South African-style institutions? A study in comparative constitutionalism,” in Theunis Roux and Rosalind Dixon, Anthology on Constitutional Triumphs, Constitutional Disappointments: A Critical Assessment of the 1996 South African Constitution's Local and International Influence.
Published during the past five years
- (with Eric Kibet) “Transformative constitutionalism and the adjudication of constitutional rights in Africa,” 17(2) African Human Rights Law Journal (2017), pp. 340-366.
- “Designing institutions and mechanisms for the implementation and enforcement of the constitution: Changing perspectives in Africa” 25 (1) African Journal of International and Comparative Law, (2017) pp. 66–90.
- (with Lukman Abdulrauf) "Personal Data Protection in Nigeria: Reflections on Opportunities, Options and Challenges to Legal Reforms" 38(2) Liverpool Law Review, (2017), pp. 105-134.
- (With Lukman Abdulrauf), “The African Union’s data protection Convention 2014: a possible cause for celebration of human rights in Africa?” 8 (1) Journal of Media Law (2016), pp. 67-97.
- “Election Management Bodies (EMBs) in Eastern and Southern Africa: Some Reflections on their Legal Framework,” 15 African and Asian Studies (2016), pp. 289-335.
- “State, Religion and Law in Cameroon: Regulatory Control, Tension and Accommodation,” 57(1) Journal of Church and State (2015), pp.18-43.
- “Conceptualising a Framework for Inclusive, Fair and Robust Multiparty Democracy in Africa: The Constitutionalisation of the Rights of Political Parties,” 48(1) Law and Politics in Africa, Asia & Latin America (2015), pp. 3-27.
- “Strengthening constitutional order and upholding the rule of law in central Africa: Reversing the descent towards symbolic constitutionalism,” 14 African Human Rights Law Journal (2014), pp. 412-448.
- “Constitution-building in Africa: The Never-ending Story of the Making, Unmaking and Remaking of Constitutions,” 13(4) African and Asian Studies (2014), pp. 429-451.
- “Gender Equality in African Customary Law: Has the Male Ultimogeniture Rule any Future in Botswana,” 52(3) Journal of Modern African Studies (2014), pp. 475-494.
- “Appointment of Constitutional Adjudicators in Africa: Some Perspectives on How Different Systems Yield Similar Outcomes,” 46(2) Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law (2014), pp. 249-275.
- “Africanisation of Legal Education Programmes : The Need for Comparative African Legal Studies,” 49(4) Journal of Asian and African Studies (2014), pp. 383-398.
- (with Gift Manyatera ) “An Assessment of the Judicial Service Commission in Zimbabwe's new Constitution," 67(1) Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa (2014), pp. 89-108.
- (With Adem K. Abebe), “The Advisory Jurisdiction of Constitutional Courts in Sub-Saharan Africa,” 46(1) George Washington International Law Review (2013), pp. 55-117.
- (with Serges Alain Kamga) , “A Critical Review of the Jurisprudence of the African Commission on the Right to Development,” 57(2) Journal of African Law (2013), pp. 196-214.
- “Some Perspectives on Durability and Change Under Modern African Constitutions,” 11(2) International Journal of Constitutional Law (2013), pp. 382-413.
- “An Overview of the Constitutional Framework of the Right to Social Security with Special Reference to South Africa,” 21(1) African Journal of International and Comparative Law (2013), pp. 1-31.
- “Some Reflections on the Prospects for the Harmonisation of International Business Laws in Africa: OHADA and Beyond,” 59(3) Africa Today (2013), pp. 51-80.
- “Some Perspectives on Durability and Change Under Modern African Constitutions,” in Eunice Sahle (ed.), Democracy, Constitutionalism, and Politics in Africa;Historical Contexts, Developments, and Dilemmas, (2017), Palgrave Macmillan, pp 61-100 (republication).
- “An overview of contemporary models of constitutional review in Africa,” in Charles Fombad (ed.), Constitutional adjudication in Africa, Oxford, Oxford University Press (2017), pp. 17-50.
- “The Cameroonian Constitutional Council: Faithful servant of an unaccountable system,” in Charles Fombad (ed.), Constitutional adjudication in Africa, Oxford, Oxford University Press (2017), pp. 80-96.
- “Constitutional adjudication and constitutional justice in Africa’s uncertain transition: Mapping the way forward,” in Charles Fombad (ed.), Constitutional adjudication in Africa, Oxford, Oxford University Press (2017), pp. 351-370.
- Presidential Term Limits through constitutional amendments in Africa: Deconstructing legitimacy,” in Grant Masterson and Melanie Meirotti (eds.), Checks and balances: African constitutions and democracy in the 21st Century, EISA, Johannesburg (2017), pp. 45-58.
- “Problematising the issue of constitutional implementation in Africa,” in Charles M. Fombad (ed.), The Implementation of Modern African Constitutions: Challenges and Prospects, Pretoria, PULP (2016), pp.10-24.
- “Constitutional Implementation in perspective: Developing a sustainable normative constitutional implementation framework,” in Charles M. Fombad (ed.), The Implementation of Modern African Constitutions: Challenges and Prospects, Pretoria, PULP (2016), pp.218-235.
- “The Expansion of Judicial Power in Africa and Democratic Consolidation: Opportunities, Challenges and Future Prospects,” in Muna Ndulo and Mamoudou Gazibo (eds), Growing Democracy in Africa: Elections, Accountable Governance and Political Economy, London, James Currey Publishers (2016), pp. 47-85.
- “The Evolution of Modern African Constitutions: A Retrospective Perspective”, in Charles Manga Fombad (ed.), Separation of Powers in African Constitutionalism, Oxford, Oxford University Press (2016), pp.13-57.
- “An Overview of the Separation of Powers under Modern African Constitutions” in, in Charles Manga Fombad (ed.), Separation of Powers in African Constitutionalism, Oxford, Oxford University Press ( 2016),pp. 58-92.
- “The Role of Emerging Hybrid Institutions of Accountability in the Separation of Powers Scheme in Africa,” in in Charles Manga Fombad (ed.), Separation of Powers in African Constitutionalism, Oxford, Oxford University Press ( 2016),pp. 325-344.
- (with Horace Adjolohoun), “Separation of Powers and the Role of the Public Prosecutor in Francophone Africa,” in Charles Manga Fombad (ed.), Separation of Powers in African Constitutionalism, Oxford, Oxford University Press ( 2016), pp.359-484.
- "Cameroon." Encyclopedia of Law and Religion. General Editor Gerhard Robbers. Brill Online, 2015. Reference. http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/encyclopedia-of-law-and-religion/cameroon-COM_00000019
- (with Madeleine Fombad), “Rethinking Anti-Corruption Strategies in Africa: Constitutional Entrenchment as Basis for Credible and Effective Anti-Corruption Clean-Ups,” in Charles C. Jalloh and Olufemi Elias (eds), Shielding Humanity: Essays in International Law and Policy in Honour of Abdul G. Koroma (Martinus Nijhoff Brill, (2015),pp. 726-773.
- "Managing Legal Diversity: Cameroonian Bijuralism at a Critical Crossroads," in Vernon Palmer, Mohamed Mattar and Anna Koppel (eds), Mixed Legal Systems, East and West., Aldershot, Ashgate Publishing (2014), pp. 187-217.
- “Judicial and Jurisprudential Powers of African Constitutional Court Judges,” in Collection of Acts of the Seminar in Cotonou on the Theme: Constitutional Judge and Political Power,” Cotonou, pp.55-65.
- “The Context of Justice in Africa: Emerging Trends and Prospects,” in Evelyn Edroma (ed.), Rethinking the Role of Law and Justice in Africa’s Development, UNDP, Addis Ababa (2013), pp.3-24.
- “Botswana,” in Vernon Palmer (ed.), Mixed Jurisdictions Wordwide. The Third Legal Family, 2nd ed., Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, (2012), pp.481-527.
- Charles M Fombad (ed), Constitutional adjudication in Africa, Oxford, Oxford University Press (2017).
- Charles M. Fombad (ed.), The Implementation of Modern African Constitutions: Challenges and Prospects, Pretoria, PULP (2016).
- Separation of Powers in African Constitutionalism, Oxford, Oxford University Press (2016).
- (with Salvatore Mancuso), Comparative Law in Africa: Methodologies and Concepts, Juta & Co, Claremont, (2015).
- The Botswana Legal System, 2nd edit. LexisNexis, Cape Town (2013).
Doctoral students supervised
Students currently registered
- Legesse Mengie
The role of Federalism and Federal-type Constitutions in the Realization of Rule of Law Constitutionalism and Democratic Stability the case of Ethiopia and South Africa
- Mary Agbebaku-Izobo
Promoting constitutionalism democratic governance and respect for the rule of law in Africa: The role of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)
- Sonia Vohito Ép. Anyanwu
The constitutionalisation of the rights of political parties in Africa and its impact on constitutionalism: A comparative study of Central African Republic Senegal and South Africa
- Jan Erk
The relationship between traditional laws and modern law in Africa today: A comparative study of the Batswana Oromo and amaXhosa
- Clement Andeleki
The independence of judiciary: A case study on constitutional democracy in Zambia
- Christian Chofor Che
An analysis of decentralisation under the 1996 Constitution Cameroon
- Osy Nwebo
The role of the Pan African Parliament in promoting constitutionalism and democratic governance in Africa: Lessons from supranational parliaments
[last updated 17 April 2018]