Statute of the African Union Commission on International Law (AUCIL)
- Commenced on 4 February 2009
- [This is the version of this document from 4 February 2009.]
Article 1 – DefinitionsIn this Statute, unless otherwise indicated:"Assembly" means the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union;"AUCIL" means the African Union Commission on International Law;"Chairperson" means the Chairperson of the AUCIL;"Chairperson of the Commission" means the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union;"Commission" means the Commission of the African Union;"Constitutive Act" means the Constitutive Act of the African Union;"Executive Council" means the Executive Council of Ministers of the African Union;"Member" means a Member of the AUCIL;"Member States" means Member States of the African Union;"Peace and Security Council" means the Peace and Security Council of the African Union;"Statute" means the present Statute of the African Union Commission on International Law;"Union" means the African Union.
Article 2 – Establishment of the African Union Commission on International Law (AUCIL)
Article 3 – Composition
Article 4 – ObjectivesThe AUCIL shall act at the instance of the Policy and other Organs of the Union. It shall have the following specific objectives:
Article 5 – Progressive development of international law
Article 6 – Codification of international law
Article 7 – Contribution to objectives and principles of the UnionIn carrying out its functions on the progressive development of international law and codification of international law, the AUCIL shall contribute to the objectives and principles of the Union as enshrined in Articles 3 and 4 of the Constitutive Act, and in particular to study all legal matters related to the promotion of peace and security in the African continent, the demarcation and delineation of African borders as well as legal matters relating to the political and socio-economic integration of the Continent.
Article 8 – Revision of treaties
Article 9 – The teaching, study and dissemination of international lawWith a view to encouraging the teaching, study and dissemination of international law and African Union law, in particular, the AUCIL shall co-operate with universities, institutions and other educational and research centres as well as with bar associations and other associations of lawyers.
Article 10 – Candidatures
Article 11 – Election of MembersThe Executive Council shall elect the Members by secret ballot. The election of the Members shall be governed by this Statute and the Rules of Procedure of the Executive Council.
Article 12 – Term of office of Members
Article 13 – Resignation, suspension and removal from office
Article 14 – Vacancies
Article 15 – Sessions
Article 16 – QuorumThe quorum for a meeting of the AUCIL shall be six (6) Members.
Article 17 – Election of the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the AUCIL
Article 18 – Remuneration
Article 19 – Rules of procedureThe AUCIL shall determine its own rules of procedure for carrying out its functions and submit them to the Executive Council for approval.
Article 20 – LanguagesThe official and working languages of the AUCIL shall be those of the Union.
Article 21 – Human and material resourcesThe Commission shall provide the necessary means, staff and infrastructure to the AUCIL Secretariat to enable it carry out its duties effectively.
Article 22 – Privileges and immunitiesMembers will enjoy, from the date of their election and throughout their term of office, the privileges and immunities applicable to other senior Officials of the Union.
Article 23 – Budget
Article 24 – Cooperation with other organs of the African UnionThe AUCIL may if it considers it necessary consult, with any organ of the Union on any subject which is within the competence of that organ. All documents circulated to Member States by the AUCIL shall also be circulated to relevant organs of the Union for their information, comments and proposals or necessary action.
Article 25 – Cooperation with other organizations
Article 26 – Amendments
Article 27 – Entry into effectThe present Statute shall come into effect upon its adoption by the Assembly.
History of this document
04 February 2009 this version