Today, Monday, Prime Minister Nadhir Arbawi, representing the President of the Republic, supervised the launch of the work of the Sixth African Judicial Dialogue of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, under the slogan “Promoting Human Rights in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities in Integrating Regional Human Rights Jurisprudence in National Courts” at the Palais des Congrès. Abdul Latif Rahal. In the presence of the Minister of Justice, Rachid Tabbi, the President of the African Court, Imani Abboud, and a delegation from Western Sahara, which is participating for the second time in the framework of the discussions.
The dialogue, which this year marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol), aims to complement the achievements of previous dialogues.
To mark this event, the Protocol’s contributions and the progress made in protecting women’s rights in Africa under this instrument will be presented.
It will present the jurisprudence on the protection of women’s rights created by the human rights bodies of the African Union and reflect on how it can be integrated into national legal systems.
In return, an additional symposium will be organized aimed at providing a forum for African judges to exchange experiences, share lessons from regional and international legal jurisprudence, and disseminate best practices on litigation related to economic, social and cultural rights and the right to development.
The specific objectives of the dialogue are to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of incorporating regional and international human rights jurisprudence into national courts, help them better understand the relevant issues, and enable participants to improve their capacities and skills with regard to the application of regional and international human rights standards in national judicial procedures, including Issues of jurisdiction, interpretation and implementation, identifying difficulties faced by national jurisdictions in addressing regional and international human rights jurisprudence, and exploring possible solutions and best practices to overcome them.
It also addresses strengthening cooperation between regional and national jurisdictions, legal practitioners and stakeholders in promoting human rights and justice in Africa, including through the exchange of experiences, expertise and resources.
The dialogue will focus on the role and importance of regional and international human rights jurisprudence in promoting justice and human rights in Africa, the difficulties faced by national courts in integrating regional and international human rights jurisprudence, and best practices and innovative approaches in applying regional and international human rights standards.
It is expected that the sixth dialogue will result in an increased understanding of judges and legal practitioners of the importance of integrating regional and international human rights jurisprudence in national courts, and enhancing the capabilities and skills of participants in applying regional and international human rights standards in national judicial procedures.
In addition to identifying challenges and practical solutions for national judicial authorities to take into account human rights jurisprudence in order to improve human rights protection.
The dialogue will be attended by the heads of the supreme courts and national constitutional courts from all over the continent, the presidents and judges of regional and sub-regional courts, representatives of the African Union, lawyers and researchers in addition to representatives of human rights institutions.
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