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December 8, 2014

Landmark Ruling by the African Court

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (The African Court) delivered a landmark ruling on 5th December 2014 in favour of the freedom of expression in Africa in the case of Konaté v Burkina Faso (the Konaté Case) in a session held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. more…

November 24, 2014

Jurists converge in Cape Town

The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in collaboration with the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists convened the 2014 Annual Jurists’ conference on the theme “Implementing Africa’s New Constitutions: Opportunities, Prospects and Challenges,” in Cape Town, South Africa between November 18th and 22nd 2014. Among the key speakers at the conference were Justice (Rtd) Johann Kriegler, Justice (Rtd) Albie Sachs, Prof. Shadrack Gutto, Hon. Eddie Cross and Dr. George Mukundi. more…

November 17, 2014

African Experts Study Group on International Criminal Justice

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung's African Experts Study Group on International Criminal Justice held its 2014 annual meeting in Arusha, Tanzania between November 11th and 14th 2014. The official opening was graced by Justice Augustino Ramadhani and Dr. Robert Eno, the President and Registrar of African Court on Human and People’s Rights respectively. In addition to the internal discussions, the group visited the East African Court of Justice and the African Court on Human and People’s Rights. more…

October 31, 2014

ICC Chief Prosecutor asks UN to help enforce cooperation

ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has requested the UN Security Council to only use stronger language to ensure that all UN members co-operate in apprehending those who have been indicted but to also address the issue of non-cooperation. The OTP has on several occasions accused the Kenyan government of non-cooperation in the case facing President Uhuru Kenyatta. On its part, the Kenyan government has vehemently denied these accusations.

October 31, 2014

High Court in Kenya orders fresh recruitment of police officers

Justice Isaac Lenaola made a precedent-setting ruling by quashing the recruitment of about 10,000 new police officers in what he termed as an exercise tainted with corruption, irregulaties and blantant violation of the Constitution. In particular, he ruled that the Police Service Commission had no authority to delegate recruitment powers to sub-county committees thereby violating the constitution. He noted that any attempts to subvert the constitution must be resisted at all costs.

October 25, 2014

EAC Members States oppose the extension of EACJ's jurisdiction

Kenya. Tanzania and Burundi are opposed to extending the jurisdiction of the EACJ to cover international crimes and human rights on the grounds of financial and structural constraints. They argued that four EAC partner states namely Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi were contracting parties to the Rome Statute.

October 13, 2014

Pan African Conference

KAS under its Rule of Law Program for Sub-Saharan Africa in conjunction with the Pan African Lawyers Union convened a stakeholders’ conference to discuss the progress, successes, challenges and prospects of the current and future African Court following the adoption of the International Crimes Protocol in Malabo; as well as the current and future strategies to support the African Human Rights system and ensure protection and promotion of human rights and end to impunity in Africa more…

October 7, 2014

Haki na Sheria Forum

KAS Rule of Law Program for Sub Saharan Africa held its first meeting under the Haki na Sheria Forum targeting media practitioners to discuss various issues affecting the media in Kenya today, and in particular the place and role of social media. The key speaker was Mr. Christian Elche, the Director of KAS Media Program for Sub Saharan Africa. He spoke on the topic entitled "Future of the Internet in Africa: Laws, Regulations and Trends". more…

October 6, 2014

Annual Rule of Law Symposium

KAS partnered with the ULS to commemorate this year's annual Rule of Law week with a series of activities culminating into an Annual Rule of Law Symposium. The Symposium on the theme “Labour Rights in Uganda: Making Decent Work a Reality” brought together lawyers, judges, members from the academia, labour specialists, CSOs and workers unions representatives. The keynote address was by Mr. Francis Atwoli, the President of the Organization of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU. more…

September 12, 2014

Challenges and Opportunities of Climate Change for Laws, Policy and Development Conference

KAS and DROP convened a conference that provided a platform for African experts to be involved in critical and constructive debate, share their views and experiences; and more importantly, to explore challenges and opportunities for law, policy and development related to the impacts and risks of climate change. more…