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This booklet provides information on the legal framework that regulates the establishment and functioning of political parties in selected countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. It also provides comparable provisions from former colonies namely France, Great Britain and Germany. The booklet is enriched by the impressions of various staff members of KAS in the field who provide information on the aspiration as espoused in the legal framework and the reality on the ground. more…

October 16, 2017

Corruption and Constitutionalism in Africa

The 5th Stellenbosch annual seminar on constitutionalism in Africa was held from 19 – 22 September 2017 in Stellenbosch on the theme 'Corruption and Constitutionalism in Africa: Revisiting Control Measures and Containment Strategies'. It was jointly convened by the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS; the KAS Rule of Law Program for Sub-Saharan Africa; the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA)- University of Pretoria and the South African Research Chair in Multilevel Government, Law and Policy - Dullah Omar Institute, University of Western Cape. more…

Event Reports | September 26, 2017

KAS’ African Group of Experts on International Criminal Justice Annual Meeting 2017

KAS’ African Group of Experts on International Criminal Justice held its 2017 annual meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi on 24th and 25th August 2017. Dr. Janet Banda, SC, Solicitor General and Secretary for Justice and Constitutional Affairs of the Republic of Malawi graced the event and delivered the keynote remarks on behalf of Hon. Samuel Tembenu, Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs of the Republic of Malawi. more…

Event Reports | August 28, 2017

Between Aspiration and Reality

15 Years of the International Criminal Court (ICC)

The International Criminal Court (ICC) was created in 2002 as an instrument against atrocities “that have outraged the conscience of mankind”. More than 120 states have joined since then. The global criminal court continues, nonetheless, to struggle for acceptance. Influential stakeholders such as the USA, China and Russia have not joined the agreement to date, while others are already considering withdrawing from it. Now, where does the ICC stand 15 years after its founding? more…

Franziska Rinke, Dr. Arne Wulff, Gisela Elsner, Simon Bruhn, Dra. Marie-Christine Fuchs, Peter Rimmele, Anna Miriam Schütt, Hartmut Rank | International Reports | July 13, 2017

Gender and Transitional Justice in East Africa: Exchanging Experiences and Expertise

The conference on Gender and Transitional Justice in East Africa was jointly organized by the KAS' Rule of Law Program for Sub Saharan Africa and Strathmore Institute for Advanced Studies in International Criminal Justice (SIASIC). Other partners included; The International Nuremberg Principles Academy, Prosecuting Conflict- related Sexual Violence Network and Adélia Foundation. The overall objective of the conference was to bring experts together to explore ways forward to ensure women’s full participation in gender perspectives throughout transitional justice processes in East Africa. more…

Event Reports | July 6, 2017