Statute on the Establishment of Legal Aid Fund for the African Union Human Rights Organs
- Commenced in full on 31 January 2016
- [This is the version of this document at 31 January 2016.]
Article 1 – DefinitionsIn this statute the following definitions shall apply:"African Commission" means the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights;"Assembly" means the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union;"Board" means the Board of Trustees of the Fund;"Chairperson" means the Chairperson of the Board;"Charter" means the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights;"Commission" means the African Union Commission;"Committee" means the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child;"Court" means the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights;"Executive Council" means the Executive Council of the African Union;"Fund" means the Legal Aid Fund of Human Rights Organs of the African Union;"Human Rights Organs of the African Union" means the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and any other body as may be established;"Indigent Applicant" means an applicant for legal assistance who is determined as such by the Fund pursuant to its policy on Legal Assistance;"Member" means member of the Board;*"Member State" means a Member State of the African Union;"Statute" means the present Statute;"Union" means the African Union established by the Constitutive Act of the African Union.
Article 2 – Establishment and legal capacity of the Legal Aid Fund
Article 3 – ObjectivesThe fund shall have the following Objectives:
Article 4 – Principles of the Legal Aid FundTo achieve its objectives, the Fund shall in the exercise of its functions respect and observe the following principles:
Article 5 – Management of the Fund
Article 6 – Composition of the Board
Article 7 – Term of office of members of the Board
Article 8 – RemunerationMembers of the Board of Trustees shall not receive any remuneration for serving on the Board other than reimbursement for eligible expenses associated with attending to the business of the Board in accordance with the AU Financial Rules and Regulations.
Article 9 – Resignation, suspension and removal from office
Article 10 – Vacancies
Article 11 – Election of the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the Board
Article 12 – Sessions of the Board
Article 13 – QuorumThe quorum for a meeting of the Board shall be five (5) Members, with at least one (1) being a representative of the Human Rights Organs of the African Union.
Article 14 – Secretariat of the Fund
Article 15 – Code of ConductThe Code of Ethics and Conduct of the African Union shall apply to the Fund.
Article 16 – Resources of the Fund
Article 17 – SeatThe Fund shall be located at the seat of the Court.
Article 18 – Privileges and immunities
Article 19 – Cooperation with Human Rights Organs of the African Union and other institutions of the Union
Article 20 – Cooperation with other institutionsIn orderto broaden its operational base, the Fund may consult with intergovernmental international or national organizations, civil society organizations, bar associations and law societies, and any other institution that it may consider relevant, on any subject entrusted to it, if it believes that such procedure might aid it in the performance of its functions.
Article 21 – AmendmentsThe present Statute may be amended on the recommendation of the Board and upon adoption by the Assembly.
Article 22 – Entry into forceThe present Statute and any amendment thereof shall enter into force upon adoption by the Assembly.Adopted by the twenty sixth Ordinary Session of the Assembly, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia31 January 2016
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