The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Court) has started a comprehensive educational blue print to deepen the knowledge of about 40 lawyers on legal modalities to litigate in the court.

The three-day capacity seminar which is expected to end on August 5, will focus on the African Documentary on the Court, an update of its status within the African Human Rights System and recent developments; and Regional Normative Framework as well as the Basic Texts of the African Court.

Justice Sylvain Oré, President of the African Court told the CDA Consult in an interview that the lawyers will also be equipped in Justice Litigation before the African Court, the Role of the Parties in the Litigation Process and Jurisprudence of the Court.

He said other topics includes implementation of decisions of the Court, introduction to the Legal Aid Fund, a practitioner’s perspective, sharing litigation experiences by the participants, and providing guidance and instruction on the Court simulation exercise.

He said the participants will also be given opportunity to explore the African Court environment and thereafter participants work on the Court simulation exercise.

He said “this is the first time such training is conducted,” adding that at the end of the training, the lawyers would have been equipped with requisite skills in order to represent indigent applicants effectively.

Currently 61 counsels from 25 countries have registered with the Court to represent indigent Applicants.

The countries are: Algeria, Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo (DRC), Dutch / French, Egypt, Gabon, Gambia, Italy, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The African Court was established by virtue of Article 1 of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, to complement the protective mandate of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, with a view to enhancing the protection of human rights on the continent.

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Source: CDA Consult