Call for papers invited for Conference on the 30th anniversary of the African Charter for Human and Peoples’ Rights

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Deadline- 15 July 2012

Papers are invited for the Conference on the 30th anniversary of the African Charter for Human and Peoples’ Rights.

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The primary objective of the Conference is to provide a forum for robust retrospective and prospective debate on human rights in Africa since the adoption and entry into force of the African Charter for Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) and the African Union (AU) Constitutive Act. How these two instruments have contributed to the promotion and the protection of human and peoples’ rights in Africa will be the main question addressed during the conference.
The Conference will critically revisit the conventional discourse on human rights in Africa and the African human rights system. It will examine the ACHPR, its significance, originality and shortcomings. Importantly, it will assess the contribution of the ACHPR and its enforcement mechanisms to the promotion of human rights in Africa, the progress, setbacks, challenges and prospects. It will at the same time reflect on the AU Constitutive Act and the various initiatives and instruments adopted by the AU better to protect human and peoples’ rights. It is expected that the Conference will help develop policy-based interventions aimed at improving human rights, which are inextricably linked to democracy, peace and development.


  • The Conference is expected to attract officials and experts from the AU, African sub-regional organisations and AU member states, law-makers, ministers, judges, members of the African Court and Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, human rights scholars, lawyers, students and other activists.
  • The members of national human rights institutions and civil society organisations, United Nations (UN) officials, human rights experts and students from other corners of the world, as well as representatives of different organisations interested in the promotion of human rights, democracy, constitutionalism, good governance and leadership, peace, security and development in Africa and in the improvement of the living conditions of the African people will also benefit from the interaction afforded by this opportunity.

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