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CALL FOR PAPERS CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL LAW IN AFRICA 5 & 6 October 2012

By Prof. de Wet

Posted on 28 February 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS FOR CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL LAW IN AFRICA, 5 & 6 October 2012.

Complexo Pedagogico, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane,
Maputo, Mozambique
 
THE QUEST FOR HUMAN SECURITY, PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT: CHALLENGES AND 
RESPONSES
 
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE CONFERENCE
In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 
2013:
• 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, 
South Africa
• Faculdade de Direito, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique
are pleased to announce a two-day conference on international law in Africa and invite proposals 
for papers.
 
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’ 
Rights)
• Judicial Response to Massive Violations of Human Rights: the Role of Domestic Courts and 
Universal Jurisdiction
 
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 adjovi@afil-fadi.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.
 
For further information, please contact  Roland Adjovi at  adjovi@afil-fadi.org or see
www.chr.up.ac.za
 
 


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