Launch: AfricLaw.com Blog on the rule and role of law in Africa
By Yolanda Booyzen
Posted on 03 April 2012
AfricLaw, launched in April 2012, is a blog which provides a platform for discussion for those interested in the rule and role of law in Africa.
All areas of law applicable to Africa are covered, both international (global and continental) and national. Legal academics and students, researchers, international and national civil servants, legislators and politicians, legal practitioners and judges, as well as those who are not lawyers but have an interest in law are among those who are welcome to participate in the discussions. AfricLaw provides a space for the discussion of issues of substance, forming of opinions and information sharing among people living on the continent, those from Africa who are in the diaspora, and anyone else who is interested in participating. AfricLaw will also serve as a vehicle for comments from Africa on legal developments in the rest of the world.
The aim of AfricLaw is to contribute towards strengthening African capacity in the field of law, through informed and engaged discussion. As a blog, the strength of the platform will be the immediacy of interaction across a wide geographical area without the need to travel; the aim will not be to take the place but rather to strengthen the role played by initiatives such as academic journals, books, professional organisations etc.
While AfricLaw will be largely unstructured during the first few months, it is foreseen that based on the initial experience, activities on the blog will be arranged according to categories to make access and communication easier.
There are four new posts:
- Charles Fombad stresses the need for African countries to develop a constitutional jurisprudence that is unique to the continent;
- Emerson U Lopes discusses the challenges, progress and prospects for Portuguese-speaking African countries 30 years after the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights;
- Christof Heyns argues that the laws governing public demonstrations in African countries must be reformed; and
- Anél Ferreira-Snyman writes on the role that regionalism can play in the restructuring of the United Nations.
AfricLaw strives to publish at least one new article per month. Please click here if you wish to contribute to this blog.
AfricLaw is a joint venture of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) and the Centre for Human Rights (CHR) of the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria.