AULA enhances judicial efficiency in Africa
"Improving Judicial Efficiency in Africa" is the theme of the third African Judicial Dialogue convened on November 09-11, 2017 in Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania. This event is organized by the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights (AfCHPR), in collaboration the African Union Leadership Academy (AULA). Within AULA, this programme is part of its Policy Program Dialogues (PPD) which provide a discursive fora for provoking creative multi-stakeholder engagements, building consensus and sharing of policy knowledge on complex African Union program implementation challenges.
The third African Judicial Dialogue brought together one hundred and fifty participants consisting of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights leadership and representatives of Organs of the African Union; honorable Heads of the Judiciary and Heads of Delegations of Member States of the African Union; distinguished representatives of United Nations Agencies, Regional and International Courts; Partner Institutions (World Bank, the European Union and GIZ) and Civil Society Organizations. Key discussions focused on the status of judicial education in Africa along with the establishment of a judicial network model and a center of excellence in the Continent as well as on improving efficiency through the use of Information and Communication Technologies. In this area, the Courts will be able, among other things, to demonstrate the advantages they gained through the use of the court room recording technology. Implementing this system has guaranteed better archiving, improved recording quality, and facilitated access to audio evidence in recent years.
The choice of these themes was dictated by the needs identified throughout the previous events of this dialogue series. Initiated in 2013, these dialogues aim to foster connectivity between national, regional and continental judicial mechanisms, and to explore means of ensuring cooperation and coordination.
The collaboration between the Courts and the African Union Leadership Academy on this event is the culmination of more than a year of work and negotiation. "AULA sees this theme as key in our endeavor to build the Africa we want," says Dr. Muna Abdallah, Head of the Academy, to explain their support.
Indeed, according to Afrobarometer in 2015, 43% of African citizens in 36 countries have no or very limited trust in the Courts. Yet as Dr. Julius Nyerere points out, "We are aware that there can be no peace without justice. The greater the movement for justice, the greater the chances of peace”.