This book evaluates the protection of traditional cultural expressions in Africa using South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana as case study examples in the light of regional and international approaches in this respect. Such protection is considered in the context of a combination of positive protection models such as the protection offered by intellectual property rights and negative protection such as tangible heritage protection and authorisations by national competent authorities. These models are in turn assessed taking into consideration human and peoples' rights frameworks, which recognise and affirm group entitlement to, among others, traditional cultural expressions. These frameworks ensure that such traditional cultural expressions are available for further innovation and creativity.
"The Protection of Traditional Cultural Expressions in Africa is a thoughtful, well-argued book, which fills a critical void in the literature on state protection of indigenous IP rights. Its varying references to legislation in 24 African countries is an impressive resource for IP, comparative law, and law and development scholars interested in the operation of law in Africa." (Anthony C. Diala, Journal of Comparative Law in Africa, Vol. 4 (2), 2017)