Justice Politicking in Africa

WHO I AM

“In the discourse on Africa's development, justice is not a determinant. It is the determinant.”.

That is the motto that drives my commitment to human rights justice and constitutionalism in Africa. With an early calling to the legal profession, my subsequent involvements with the academia in both civil and common law spheres shaped my passion for human rights justice. My resolve to capitalise academic knowledge through mypublications led me to work as a senior officer at the most influential institutions of the African human rights justice system, namely the African Commission and African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. As part of my significant experience in that field, I worked across various regions of the continent, most prominently at the Francophone Africa Association of Supreme Courts, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the African Union Department of Political Affairs, the Africa Office of the International Commission of Jurists and the Pretoria Centre for Human Rights. I teach human rights and comparative constitutional law at the Central European University (Hungary) and the University of Pretoria (South Africa). I contributed to human rights development in Africa in various capacities through litigation in regional courts, academic publications, consultancies, and training for lawyers, judges and civil society.

I am the author of several journal articles, commentaries, book chapters and books on human rights, international criminal law and constitutionalism in Africa.


African Values

The very African philosophy of ‘umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu’, which is ‘you are because I am’ is one of the main recipes for Africa’s development. It is no mistery that Asia’s success is grounded in putting others’ interest and family at the heart of all societal endeavours. Ubuntu symbolises humanity, solidarity and duty to hold family and community sacred in the pursuit of socio-economic and cultural development.

When inequality and discrimination rage, justice is the only recourse. In Africa where poverty is both causal and consequential to – natural – resource conflict, justice and community oriented equality must be the compass for welfare. Justice has always been inherent to African cultures and traditions even at the climax of ‘under the tree’ amicable setlement. In the state building enterprise, Africa should pull its energy from indigenous justice paradigms.

It is not an overstatement to consider that work is the most African human concept that has ever existed. It should in no way sound nostalgic or self-victimising to state that slavery, colonisation and post-colonisation are glaring evidence that other civilisations consider intelligence, creativeness and inventiveness as naturally African. Innovative work should therefore become the mean and the aim that every African look up to as a value in all sectors relating to development.

Justice Politicking in Africa

WHAT I DO

Litigation

I hold substantial experience in human rights and constitutional litigation at both the national level and regionally.

I offer advisory support and representation in international courts with specific focus on human rights litigation in African regional courts, the African Court, the African Commission, the African Children’s Committee and the ECOWAS Court of Justice

I also offer support and representation in constitutional litigation as well as strategic litigation campaign for both human rights and constitutional litigation at the national level and regionally.

Training

I have a long and diversified experience in training law professionals in Africa including among lawyers, civil society actors, judges, and law students on:

Human rights law – Human rights litigation – International criminal law and justice in Africa – African regional integration and institutions – Constitutional law and litigation

I have worked as a trainer or facilitator with leading relevant institutions in Africa including the International Commission of Jurists, RADDHO, Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa, Global Rights, African Court Coalition, Trust Africa, African Union Department of Political Affairs, IDEA International, ECOWAS Court, Media Foundation for West Africa, Centre for Human Rights (Pretoria) and Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa.

I am an active member of the Pan African Lawyers Union, African Court Coalition, Benin Association of Constitutional Lawyers, African Association of Constitutional Lawyers, International Association of Constitutional Lawyers, Pretoria Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation Alumni Association.

Research

My experience in legal research and publication has been endorsed by leading research and publishing institutions.

I associate with projects and institutions such as International Law in Domestic Courts, I.Connect, Oxford University Press, and Pretoria University Law Press.

Legal audit and Consulting

My work in this field cuts across and is usual preliminary to our diverse intervention in litigation, training and research. The following engagements provide an overview of my portfolio :

  • Facilitator, Training for Barristers on the procedure before the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Benin and Ghana, Dec 2017 – African Court Coalition.
  • Trainer, Women’s rights litigation by civil society in the East African Court of Justice, Arusha, October 2017 – KELIN
  • Facilitator, VAW and SHRR Litigation Institute, Johannesburg, South Africa, Oct 2016 – Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA)
  • Consultant, Validation of Guidelines on Litigating Women’s Rights before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Nairobi, Kenya, 2016, Equality Now.
  • Facilitator, Strategic Women’s Rights Litigation Institute, Johannesburg, South Africa, June 2016 – ISLA.
  • Trainer, Training for Judges and Lawyers on human rights law and litigation in the African system, Conakry, Guinea, 2016 – Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA).
  • Facilitator and trainer, Training for Judges and Lawyers on human rights law and litigation in the African system, Bamako, Mali, 2015 – IHRDA
  • Facilitator, Regional Workshop on Litigating the Maputo Protocol, Dakar, Senegal, 2015 – Equality Now.
  • Trainer, Training for Judges and Lawyers on human rights law and litigation in the African system, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 2014 – IHRDA
  • Trainer, Training for Judges and Lawyers on human rights law and litigation in the African system, Banjul, The Gambia, 2013 – IHRDA
  • Facilitator, Africa workshop on strategic litigation, 2012 –Global Rights Nigeria
  • Rapporteur, Conference ‘Strengthening the SADC Tribunal’, 2011 – International Commission of Jurist Africa
  • Study on the implementation of a self-monitoring and evaluation mechanism for the Parliament of Benin, 2009 – Cellule d’Analyse des Politiques de Développement de l’Assemblée Nationale du Bénin
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    TEACHING AND CONFERENCES

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    Colloquium on the 30 years

    « 30/30 » Colloquium on the 30 years of the African human rights system and 30 years of the Centre for Human Rights – University of Pretoria – 8 December 2016

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    COLLOQUIM ON THE 30 YEARS
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    2017 Summer Course

    2017 Summer Course on CONSTITUTION BUILDING IN AFRICA

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    CONSTITUTION BUILDING IN AFRICA

    2017 Summer Course on CONSTITUTION BUILDING IN AFRICA – End of Course Family Photo with the Diverse and Much Vibrant Class

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    Abidjan Regional Colloquim

    Abidjan Regional Colloquim on Complementarity and Cooperation for a More Effective International Criminal Justice in Africa organised by OIDH, Trust Africa and AJWS – 11 to 12 May 2017 .

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