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Working with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR)

By September 19, 2016December 16th, 2019Uganda
The following blog post is written by student staff member and former Center intern Courtney Marasigan.

A few peers and I have the privilege of conducting research and writing a memo on the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) this fall semester. The Center of Global Justice is currently praying about whether to become a certified non-profit organization (NGO) before the ACHPR, which hosts two sessions every year in order to address the status of human rights in the continent. Our Executive Director, Professor Jeffrey Brauch, will be attending the next session, which is to be held in The Gambia in October. My team’s legal memorandum will aid in making these critical decisions.

The scope of our research encompasses the ACHPR’s role in African human rights. Tangentially, this includes research on the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS), which is an independent, non-profit NGO that organizes a bi-annual forum colloquially known as the “NGO Forum.” Hundreds of African NGOs convene at this forum to discuss human rights issues as well as possible strategies and resolutions that are ultimately given to the ACHPR prior to each Ordinary Session. The forum is a great method of fostering hands-on participation in the African human rights movement.

My peers and I are very fortunate to be working on this particular project. All three of us have previously spent 7+ weeks in Uganda for legal summer internships. We each have a passion for international law, but serving the African continent is near and dear to our hearts. It is an amazing opportunity to have been exposed to African statutes, case law, and NGOs during our internships and to now utilize that familiarization in conducting research for this project.

This post was written by a Center for Global Justice student staff member.  The views expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect those of Regent University, Regent Law School, or the Center for Global Justice.