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AU, African Court to begin dialogue on access to justice, others on Wednesday




DETERMINED to promote and protect the rights of Africans and provide access to justice of all Africans across the continent, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the African Union (AU) will on Wednesday begin a judicial dialogue of two hundred delegates including Chief Justices, Presidents of the Supreme Courts and Constitutional Courts of member states in Arusha, Tanzania.

In an electronic statement released by the African Court, the three-day biennial dialogue that holds from November 4 – 6, 2015 with the theme “Connecting National and International Justice” would “help enhance judicial administration and ensuring quality justice for Africans across the continent”.

Explaining the significance of the event, President of the African Court, Justice Augustino Ramadhani stated thus: “The Continental Judicial Dialogue offers an opportune occasion for productive knowledge sharing with the goal of establishing and enhancing linkages between the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, on the one hand, and the Regional and the National Courts on the other hand.”

Chief Justices, Presidents of Supreme and Constitutional Courts and other participants drawn from the academia, national judiciaries and the media “will also discuss, among others, the on-going continental judicial reforms, trends on human rights jurisprudence, continuing judicial education and management of judicial institutions, quality management systems of Courts and sharing of experiences from other continents”, the statement disclosed.

It would be recalled that the first Judicial Dialogue, which was held in November 2013 discussed the African human rights system in general and the relationship between the African Court and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in particular, with the contentious and advisory jurisdictions of these two institutions discussed alongside the human rights jurisprudence of the Regional Courts.

The said dialogue also “deliberated on the various approaches to domestication of international human rights instruments and their application by national courts as well as the enforcement of the decisions of continental and regional courts by national institutions.”

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