Access to African Supranational and Regional Law Workshop, 5-6 November 2012

AfricanLII partnered with the United Nations Development Programme in Johannesburg, to conduct a workshop on free and open access to the law and policy produced by treaty bodies and organs of the regional economic communities in Africa. Our objectives for the workshop were:

  • to set the scene for dialogue, exchange and stronger links between African regional law producing bodies and open access publishers of legal information in Africa, and
  • to produce a strategy for the widest dissemination of African legal information using information and communication technologies.

The proceedings of the workshop and its outcome document are published on this page. 

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Roger Gachago, The Southern African Legal Information Institute

 

Roger Gachago spoke about the genesis and development of SAFLII. User statistics show the website is well utilizied at present. Roger presented a graph that shows the dramatic increase in unique visitors over the lifespan of the project. The need for access to law is there and increasing. LIIs seem to be good at providing access to the law.

See slides.

Anneke Meerkotter, Challenges and Opportunities for Access to Regional Law - a Practitioner's View from Southern Africa

  • Should inform national laws and policies – need to  be accessible to and known by civil servants
  • Should inform judiciary – need to be accessible to and known by judges and lawyers
  • Should provide tools for civil society at national level to claim their rights and hold their governments accountable at national and regional level – civil society should have access to and know about developments related to their country/region and should know how they can feed into processes at regional level to hold their governments accountable

Mariya Badeva-Bright, Free Access to Regional Law in Africa

 

Mariya Badeva-Bright spoke about the parallels that can be drawn between the difficulties for access to the law at a local level and on the regional level. AfricanLII has developed a programme of assistance for national LII's that can be adapted to the regional environment. the LII movement in Afria, with the help of others, could serve as regional loci of expertise to build and support capacities at African treaty bodies and RECs.

See slides attached.

Opening Remarks by Evelyn Edroma, Policy Advisor, Access to Justice and Human Rights, UNDP Regional Service Centre in Johannesburg

 

Opening Remarks by Evelyn Edroma, Policy Advisor, Access to Justice and Human Rights, UNDP Regional Service Centre in Johannesburg

 

On behalf of the UNDP Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa, I welcome you to South Africa. I hope that you had comfortable flights and are settled well in the hotel.

 

Watna Horemans, The African Human Rights Case Law Analyser A Collection of decisions from the African Human Rights System

 

The African Human Rights Case Law Analyser

A Collection of decisions from the African Human Rights System

 

Overview and project history

 

The African Human Rights Case law Analyser is an online database that gathers jurisprudence and instruments of the African Human Rights system. It is a joint project of the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) and Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems (HURIDOCS).

 

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