Complexo Pedagogico, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane,
THE QUEST FOR HUMAN SECURITY, PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT: CHALLENGES AND
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE CONFERENCE
In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in
• the African Foundation of International Law (AFIL)
• the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa
• the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA), University of Pretoria,
• Faculdade de Direito, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique
are pleased to announce a two-day conference on international law in Africa and invite proposals
This conference aims to provide a forum for reflection on the pan-African organisation in the
specific context of human security, peace and development in Africa, and how the OAU/AU has
responded to challenges in these areas.
THEMES OF THE CONFERENCE
Presentations at the conference will fall under one of the following four general themes, and may
include the following topics:
Day 1 Friday 5 October 2012
Threats to Human Security by State and Non-State Actors
• Judicial responses to Mass Violations of Human Rights: the Role of Regional and
International Judicial Bodies (ICC, African Commission and Court of Human and Peoples’
• Judicial Response to Massive Violations of Human Rights: the Role of Domestic Courts and
Development and Human Rights
• Theory and Practice of the Right to Development in Africa
• Doha Development Agenda: What is in it for Africa?
• Regional Integration and the African Economic Community, NEPAD and its Peer-Review
Mechanism: What Contribution to African Development?
Peace and Good Governance
• The Responsibility to Protect: the Role of the African Union and the United Nations
• Consolidating Rule of Law and Good Governance through African Instruments
• Strengthening State Institutions as a Response to Internal Conflicts
Day 2 Saturday 6 October 2012
Towards 50 Years of African Unity (Morning)
• Panafricanism and International Law
• From OAU to AU
Institutional matters (Late morning)
• Meeting of the African Foundation for International Law (AFIL), with a view to reactivating the
African Association of International Law (AAIL)
MOOT COMPETITION (Afternoon)
On the afternoon of 6 October 2012, conference participants are invited to attend the final round
of the 21st African Human Rights Moot Court Competition, in the main auditorium of the Joachim
Chissano Conference Centre in Maputo. The Moot Competition, which is the leading human rights
education initiative at university level in Africa, brings together students and academics from over
60 African universities each year to argue and debate contemporary human rights issues. The
final round opposes the best teams and is presided over by leading international jurists including
judges from the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the International Court of Justice,
the International Criminal Court, the Constitutional Court of South Africa and the Chief Justice of
Mozambique; as well as other experts from academia and civil society.
PROCESS: POTENTIAL PRESENTERS
• Those interested in presenting a paper must submit an abstract containing their name, the
proposed title and a brief summary of the argument / contribution of the paper (no more
than 500 words).
• Abstracts should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org before 1 May 2012.
• Authors of abstracts selected for presentation will be informed by 1 June 2012.
• A full paper (5,000 to 10,000 words) must be submitted before 1 August 2012 to be
translated for the conference file. Inclusion in the conference programme is conditional on
the submission of the actual paper before 1 August 2012.
• Each presenter will have 15 – 20 minutes to present their paper. Discussion is
encouraged. Papers will be made available to all participants beforehand.
• Presenters may be required to rework their papers after the conference, if necessary, and
resubmit final versions for inclusion in a commemorative publication.
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