The Role of the East African Court of Justice in the Advancement of Human Rights: Reflections on the Creation and Practice of the Court
African Journal of International and Comparative Law 2019
iCourts Working Paper Series No. 145
31 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2018 Last revised: 14 Feb 2019
Date Written: November 22, 2018
International courts like any other institution evolve over time. They constantly evolve responding to their socio-political dynamics. The East African Court of justice has evolved to deal with the rule of law and human rights related cases. Although the jurisprudence of the EACJ has been studied, the creation of the court and the origin of the provisions in which the court relies to decide human rights related matters has largely been unexplored.
This paper presents the first empirical analysis of the creation of the EACJ and the processes by which the provisions of the rule of law and human rights entered the Treaty for the establishment of the East African Community (EAC). The paper examines also the practice of the EACJ to show its evolution over time.
Keywords: International Courts, East African Court of Justice, Human Rights, Empirical Studies
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