African Court of Human and Peoples' Rights

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.

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Former Rwandan Chief Justice Jean Mutsinzi RIP

Rwanada’s first post-genocide Chief Justice, Jean Mutsinzi, died last week after a short illness. He was 81. Justice Mutsinzi served as Chief Justice in Rwanda between 1995 and 1999, and was later a member of both the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Court of Justice and the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, including a two-year term as president of this court.

The list of Justice Jean Mutsinzi’s legal and other accomplishments takes pages to encompass.

He was elected to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in 2006 for a renewable six year term, and served as president of that court 2008 – 2010.

He had a Doctorate in Law from the University of Brussels and an impressive number of other legal qualifications. His position on the African Court followed a lengthy term as part of the judiciary of his home country, Rwanda.

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