I have recently starting writing case summaries for the ARC Project. I’m really excited about this as the ARC Project is such a brilliant concept as a whole.
The ARC Project describes itself as, “ARC is an initiative whose mission is to secure justice and strengthen the rule of law in Africa. ARC provides legal representation and advice on the preparation of cases before the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights. ARC also provides legal services for individuals, NGOs and States in matters before the African Commission. ARC is dedicated to the provision of legal services in Africa, including the collection of data and evidence, the conduct of legal research, provision of advice and court representation for individuals, NGOs and States.”
My first case summary discusses the case of Emmanuel Joseph Uko and Others v The Republic of South Africa. This decision follows previous jurisprudence whereby applications have been rejected for lack of jurisdiction due to State Parties not having made the optional Article 34(6) declaration which enables individuals to petition the Court directly.
My second case summary discusses the case of Ernest Francis Mtingwi v The Republic of Malawi. I concluded that the case seems to suggest that greater awareness is needed in Africa of the actual remit and capability of the Court.
Please have a read of the two case summaries here! I promise they aren’t as long as you’d think…