Call for Papers: Conference on International Law in Africa

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Opportunity closing date: 
Tuesday, 1 May, 2012
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Call for papers

In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 2013, the African Foundation of International Law (AFIL), in partnership with the Centre for Human Rights, the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA), University of Pretoria, and Faculdade de Direito, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique, is calling for papers for the two-day Conference on International Law in Africa, taking place from 5-6 October 2012 in Maputo, Mozambique.

Hosted under the theme ‘The Quest for Human Security, Peace and Development: Challenges and Responses’, this conference aims to provide a forum for reflection on the pan-African organisation in the specific context of human security, peace and development in Africa, and how the Organisation for Africa Unity/Africa Union has responded to challenges in these areas.

Themes of the Conference

Presentations at the conference will fall under one of the following four general themes, and may include the following topics:

Day 1: 5 October 2012

  • Threats to Human Security by State and Non-State Actors;
  • Development and Human Rights;
  • Theory and Practice of the Right to Development in Africa;
  • Peace and Good Governance.

Day 2: 6 October 2012

  • Towards 50 Years of African Unity;
  • Institutional matters.

Moot Competition

On the afternoon of 6 October 2012, conference participants are invited to attend the final round of the 21st African Human Rights Moot Court Competition, in the main auditorium of the Joachim Chissano Conference Centre in Maputo. The Moot Competition, which is the leading human rights education initiative at university level in Africa, brings together students and academics from over 60 African universities each year to argue and debate contemporary human rights issues. The final round opposes the best teams and is presided over by leading international jurists including judges from the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, the Constitutional Court of South Africa and the Chief Justice of Mozambique; as well as other experts from academia and civil society.

Venue: Complexo Pedagogico, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique

Enquiries: Roland Adjovi, Email:

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