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August 5, 2016

Prosecuting Sexual Violence Crimes in National and International Contexts: Conference on 4th&5th August 2016 in Nairobi

The two-day conference was held at Strathmore University in Nairobi by the Strathmore Institute of Advanced Studies in International Criminal Justice (SIASIC). It brought together experts coming from the legal system, the NGOs that work on the ground and the medical sector, enhancing them to exchange experiences and expertise. Together they presented what they have accomplished so far in that field and which challenges concerning the topic of sexual violence are ought to be fought. more…

June 30, 2016

Implementing modern Constitutions in Africa: Challenges and prospects

The KAS in collaboration with the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, convened a stakeholders' conference on 'Implementing modern African Constitutions: Challenges and prospects' - with the aim of providing a forum to interrogate and understand the causes of regression in constitutionalism in Africa vis-a-vis the available opportunities. In attendance: Legislators, lawyers, judges, scholars and activists from 15 African countries. more…

June 1, 2016

Hissène Habré sentenced to life imprisonment

In a landmark ruling of 30th May 2016, the Extraordinary African Chambers in Senegal found the former Chadian dictator and military ruler, Hissène Habré guilty of crimes against humanity, war crimes as well as torture and subsequently sentenced him to life imprisonment. more…

May 24, 2016

Focus on Africa

Nigeria: Chibok girl rescued; South Africa: Prosecutor to appeal court order to reinstate corruption charges against Jacob Zuma; DRC: Political crisis deepens; Burundi: Peace talks held in Tanzania more…

May 10, 2016

Focus on Africa

Ban on live media coverage of opposition protests in Uganda; Kenya to close all refugee camps and South African President in trouble of corruption more…

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…