International Justice Symposium in collaboration with the Wayamo Foundation and with the support of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre and the School of Law of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration

West Africa has been the scene of impressive activity in the fight against impunity for international crimes. Engagement with justice and accountability processes in West Africa thus merits scrutiny in its own right.

It was this that prompted the Wayamo Foundation, the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability (AGJA)and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s Rule of Law Programme for Sub-Saharan Africa to hold a symposium in Accra, Ghana, on the wide-ranging topic of “West African International Justice – Leadership, Challenges, and Opportunities”, with the aim of examining and exploring the contributions and ongoing challenges facing West Africa in the fight to achieve meaningful justice and accountability for atrocities in the region. A handpicked group of international and regional experts came together to assess West Africa’s contributions to global justice and the continuing challenges to achieving this end.

Held at no lesser venue than Accra’s Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), the symposium was graced and addressed by Air Vice Marshal Griffiths S. Evans in his capacity as the Centre’s Commandant, followed by Wayamo Foundation Director, Bettina Ambach, Chief Justice of The Gambia and AGJA Chairman, Hassan Bubacar Jallow, German Ambassador, Christoph Retzlaff, and Peter Wendoh, Project Advisor, Rule of Law Programme for Sub Saharan Africa of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. It was officially opened by Ghana’s Chief Justice, Lady Justice Sophia Akuffo.

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