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Developments at the African Court

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights is in session in Arusha, Tanzania until the end of September. The judges have elected the president and vice-president of the African Court and they are:
- Justice Sophia Akuffo, President
- Justice Fatsah Ouguergouz, Vice-President.

The African Court will be considering its strategic plan for 2012- 2015 and as well conducting judicial work.

Discussion papers on the judgments of the African Court

We are launching a series of discussion papers on the judgments of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights.

We are providing a space for critical thought and analysis on the African Court’s jurisprudence, which is very much in its formative stages.

We will be calling on members to write commentaries in their language of choice: Arabic, French, Portuguese or English.

Over time, the selection of commentaries on the African Court’s judgments and processes will be edited into a digest.

PALU to make submissions before African Court

The African Court, on 30 March 2012, made an order granting the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) leave to participate as amicus curiae in the matter of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and the Great Socialist Libyan People's Arab Jamahiriya (Appl No 004/2011).

This Order is significant in that it is the first time that NGOs may make submissions before the Court as amicus curiae.

New African Court judges elected

The African Union's Executive Council elected the following candidates as judges of the African Court at its Summit in Addis Ababa on 13 July 2012:
* Mr El Hadj Guisse (Senegal, West Africa)
* Mr Ben Kioko (Kenya, East Africa), and
* Mr Gérard Niyungeko (Burundi, Central Africa)

51st Session, Banjul, April 2012

by African Court Coalition

The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights will hold its 51st ordinary session in Banjul, the Gambia from 18 April to 2 May 2012.