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Law reporting at the African Court on Human and People’s Rights: Aspirations and Challenges (Part I)

In this first of a two-part blog, legal scholar Yuzuki Nagakoshi reflects on recent training at the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights. Offered jointly by the African Legal Information Institute, the Judicial Institute for Africa, based at the University of Cape Town, and by Kenya Law, the course was intended to provide a comprehensive theoretical and practical training in traditional and digital law reporting.

When we think about courts, our imagination often ends when the decision is delivered.

A less public but nevertheless important aspect of courts’ work is the subsequent reporting of decisions after they have been delivered. The resulting law reports are collections of decisions from a specific court or jurisdiction, edited and organised to facilitate the understanding and dissemination of its jurisprudence and to be the official record.

AfricanLII and Kenya Law

What are the key requirements for a new LII's structure?


The idea for this group arose from a questions we at AfricanLII had received from some new LIIs regarding:

1. Whether there exist guidelines for LIIs in drawing up constitutions?

2. What are the duties and responsibilities of LII staff?

3. Hosting criteria: or how is a suitable host institution selected for the LII?

We realised that these are good questions to be asking but lacked definitive responses. Given the unique context of each LII, this is perhaps to be expected.