Introducing Africa's New Human Rights Court

23 March 2009 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Chatham House, London


Speakers include:
Judge Bernard Ngoepe, African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights;
Sanji Monageng, Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights;
Nobuntu Mbelle, representative of civil society
Chair: Lord Steyn



Against the backdrop of human tragedies in many countries of the continent, a new pan-African human rights court is about to open for business.

The advent of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights marks the third instalment in efforts since the Second World War to create regional human rights courts. This new Court innovates in important ways, including its ability to enforce socio-economic and collective or 'group' rights.

On the eve of its first cases, this event aims to introduce the Court to a wider audience and explore the opportunities and many challenges it faces.