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.

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).

 

Flavio Zeni, Access and ICT Opportunities

 

Flavio Zeni spoke about the different levels of access, moving away from document dissemination to information dissemination. The power of XML to transform documents and ready them for multiple channels distribution and for multiple uses in a variety of services. Interoperability and use of standards will facilitate the use of information on a regional and national level. It is the only path that makes sense for regional intergration.

See slides.

Michael Murungi, Open Access to Public Legal Information – Thoughts and Lessons from Kenya

 

Open Access to Public Legal Information – Thoughts and Lessons from Kenya”

 

A Presentation By

Michael M. Murungi

Editor/CEO

 

At the

Access to African Supranational and Regional Law

Hosted by the African Legal Information Institute, a project of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre

In partnership with the United Nations Development Programme

5-6 November 2012,

The Crowne Plaza, Rosebank

Johannesburg, South Africa

 

Magnus Killander, Lack of access to information in African regional inter-governmental organizations

 

Lack of access to information in African regional inter-governmental organizations

Seminar on  ‘Access to African supranational and regional law’, Johannesburg, 5 November 2012

Dr Magnus Killander, Senior Lecturer and Head of Research, Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria

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

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