Statement by the Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) regarding the conviction of Richard Naidu by the High Court of Fiji

The CLA is concerned over the invoking of criminal contempt for scandalizing the court, which has been repealed in many parts of the Commonwealth. In this regard, it has been accepted that prosecution for this contempt will deter comments on judicial errors or misconduct and will have a chilling effect on the freedom of speech […]

International Law, Issue No. 83 | Dec 2022, Trending News
December 31, 2022
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M23: Four things you should know about the rebel group’s campaign in Rwanda-DRC conflict

1. What is the background to M23’s insurgency in eastern DRC? The current force is what’s left of the original M23 Movement formed in April 2012. M23 was an offspring of the National Congress for the Defence of the People, better known by its French acronym CNDP, a rebel group which fought the DRC government […]

Issue No. 83 | Dec 2022, Trending News
December 31, 2022
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The scourge of extrajudicial killings in Kenya: a perfect testament to impunity

Juliani, who is a Kenyan musician, produced a masterpiece in 2017 titled ‘Machozi ya Jana’.1 Juliani did launch the song in memory of International Justice Mission Lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri who were murdered in 2016. The song according to International Justice Mission was aimed to re-ignite and […]

The rise of illiberal legality (democratic decay) in Africa: Quest for an international constitutional court

~Ade-Ajayi, J.F.1992 Introduction Democracy can be defined as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.1 Crucial to this study are three different theories of democracies, that is: elite theory which enunciates that masses are incapable of making rational decisions on major national issues; the pluralist theory which states that no […]

Issue No. 83 | Dec 2022, Social Justice Advocacy
December 30, 2022
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Black Panther in the classroom: how Afrofuturism in a film helped trainee teachers in South Africa

While I enjoyed and was entertained by the first film, I was also struck by its potential as a teaching tool. Its Afrofuturistic approach – using the past to imagine futures that differ from existing historical narratives – could, I thought, be a catalyst for dispelling myths about African history, culture and tradition. It might […]

Issue No. 83 | Dec 2022, Social Justice Advocacy
December 30, 2022
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COP27 key outcomes: progress on compensation for developing countries, but more needed on climate justice and equity

COP conferences broadly provide a platform for the negotiation of international climate change agreements. This was to be the first COP held in Africa since 2016. It was also framed as the implementation COP, which would lead to action. COP27 was expected to make progress on “loss and damage”. This is financing to compensate developing […]

Ride or die?

Background of the issue It is now a normal occurrence that cyclists are perceivedas less “worthy” road users compared to motorists. To defend this position, one may term it as a manifestation of social classes on the roads. With the less economically empowered- the cyclists, against the motorists with a stronger financial muscle. The aforementioned […]