Reflecting on the current developments at the African Court for better access to justice on the Continent

The African Court Coalition organized a one hour discussion as a side event during the 53rd Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission) with the theme; ‘Reflecting on the Current Developments at the African Court for Better Access to Justice in the Continent’. The event was held at the Kairaba Beach Hotel on the 11 April 2013, in Banjul, The Gambia with about 70 participants attending.

During an interactive one hour discussion, human rights experts and judge from the Court reflected on a number of issues relating to the Court which included among others; handling of cases transferred by the Commission and the outcome of a request for an Advisory Opinion before the Court for a case similar to the one pending before the Commission.

The discussion was chaired by Mr Dzimbabwe Chimbga of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights while Judge Sylvain Oré (Judge at African Court) and Professor Frans Viljoen (University of Pretoria, South Africa) were panellists.




From left to right; Professor Frans Viljoen (University of Pretoria), Mr Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba (Coalition Executive Secretary),
Mr Dzimbabwe Chimbga (Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights) and Judge Sylvain Oré (African Court Judge)



Participants of the Banjul side event

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