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May 5, 2016


30th April 2016 marked the blazing of 105 tonnes of ivory in Kenya which represented about 7,000 dead elephants. This was the most significant demonstration against poaching in Kenya and the region at large and the largest destruction of illegal wildlife products in history... Even though poaching affects the environment negatively, it has greater ramifications on the rule of law, economic development as well as national security and must therefore be dealt with decisively. more…

April 13, 2016


Various stakeholders met on 12/4/2016 to assess Kenya´s preparedness for the 2017 elections. Mr. George Kegoro, Executive Director - KHRC, led the discussions which highlighted the various institutional challenges within IEBC, the judiciary, security agencies, political parties, the ruling elite and the low level awareness among Kenyans which cast doubts on the country´s preparedness to hold credible, fair and free elections next year. For more visit, more…

April 5, 2016
Mr. Kauder making his presentation


This is a regular early breakfast dialogue forum that addresses various topical issues pertinent to the rule of law from political, legal, social and economic angles. On 5th April 2016, Mr. Stefan Kauder, Senior Advisor on Public Private Partnerships at the World Bank shared his thoughts on the role of PPPs in infrastructure development in Kenya and the requisite legal regime. In attendance were entrepreneurs from both public and private sectors, scholars, legal practitioners among others.

March 19, 2016

The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights rules against Tanzania

The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights ruled unanimously in favour of 10 Kenyans (2 have since died) incarcerated in Tanzania for murder and armed robbery. The 10 moved to the African Court citing violation of their right to a fair trial as stipulated under article 7 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. Consequently, Tanzania was ordered to take all necessary measures within a reasonable time to finalise all criminal appeals by or against the Applicants. more…

March 17, 2016

Leading African and International Rights Groups Criticize Rwanda for Restricting Access to African Human Rights Court

A group of leading African and international human rights organizations has in a joint statement criticized the government of Rwanda for withdrawing individual access to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The Rwandan government made the declaration of its withdrawal days before its recent hearing in the case of Victoire Ingabire before the Court and failed to make an appearance in the case. more…

March 16, 2016

International Criminal Justice in Africa: Issues, Challenges and Prospects

This is the latest edition containing a collection of papers by members of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s African Group of Experts on International Criminal Justice. The book addresses a number of wide-ranging and contemporaneous perspectives relating to the prosecution of international crime on the African continent, covering situations and cases from across Africa as well as larger debates and contemporary issues affecting and shaping the application of international criminal law in Africa. more…

March 5, 2016

Rwanda Withdraws Access to African Court for Individuals and NGOs

Rwanda has announced it will no longer allow individuals and NGOs to directly file complaints against it with the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The decision comes as the Court is set to decide a claim against Rwanda by a leading opposition politician Victoire Ingabire. Rwanda deposited the withdrawal notice on February 29, just over 3 years after it first deposited the declaration under Article 34(6) of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. more…

March 1, 2016

Regional Workshop for National Human Rights Commissions in the SADC Region on the Restoration of the SADC Tribunal

The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung under its Rule of Law Program in collaboration with the SADC Lawyers' Association convened a workshop in Gaborone for the National Human Rights Institutions in Southern Africa to discuss the SADC Tribunal issue. This was part of the wider strategies identified by the two institutions aimed at fostering continued engagement and dialogue among various regional governments and non-state actors towards the restoration of a credible and effective SADC Tribunal. more…

February 16, 2016

The Agreement of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris: Challenges and Opportunities for Africa

Experts and other key stakeholders from Eastern Africa met in Kigali between 10 and 11 February to reflect on the COP21 Paris Agreement and particularly what it will means for Africa. The conference sought to investigate in an interdisciplinary manner, what challenges and opportunities arise from the Agreement and how law, politics, finance and related mechanisms can further climate change justice and enfold protection mechanisms for the most vulnerable. more…

December 11, 2015


After more than 20 years of investigating and prosecuting genocide and other serious violations of international law, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) delivered its last judgement on 30 November 2015 marking the completion of the ICTR’s mandate. KAS in partnership with the Tribunal organized a high-level dialogue forum to reflect on lessons learned in the fight against impunity and best practices aimed at promoting accountability for serious violations of international law. more…