African human rights systems: Amicus and Interventions

Cases in the African Commission and Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

At the Human Rights Implementation Centre at the University of Bristol in the UK we are today launching a new project on interventions in the African Court and Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and we would appreciate feedback from those involved in litigation before those bodies.

We recognise the value of amicus interventions in cases before the African regional human rights bodies (including the African Commission and Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights) to highlight additional issues and support litigants’ arguments. We would be interested in cases where it might be useful for us to produce an amicus brief. The Centre has a number of lawyers and academics who have expertise in the relevant jurisprudence and also have wider knowledge of human rights authorities from other jurisdictions and, we hope, there may be opportunities where we might be able to support you in litigation before the African human rights bodies or indeed in cases before the Sub-Regional courts.

We are obviously conscious of the recent demise of INTERIGHTS (the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights), where I was the previous Executive Director, which regularly undertook such a function.  Please pass this on to anyone else you think might have similar cases or know about them.

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