A New International Human Rights Court for West Africa
Visiting Professor Laurence R. Helfer offers his perspectives on the ECCJ as a human rights adjudicator in West Africa. The Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECCJ) is an increasingly active and bold international adjudicator of human rights violations in West Africa. Since acquiring jurisdiction over human rights issues, the ECCJ has issued several path-breaking judgments, including against The Gambia for the torture of journalists, against Niger for condoning modern forms of slavery, and against Nigeria for failing to provide free basic education to all children.
The presentation sets out to explain why the member states agreed to restructure the ECCJ, and analyzes the distinctive features of the Court's human rights authority and how the Court has survived significant challenges to the exercise of that authority.
Professor Laurence R. Helfer is an expert in international law whose scholarly interests include interdisciplinary analysis of international law and institutions, human rights, and international intellectual property law and policy. He is co-director of Duke Law School's Center for International and Comparative Law and a member of the faculty steering committee of the Duke Center on Human Rights.
Time: Tuesday 12 June 2012 12:00-14:00
Place: iCourts' conference room, Studiestraede 6, 1st floor, left
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