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Our Mission

Central Goal:

The principal goal of the African Court Research Initiative (ACRI) is to help maximize the opportunities for and functionality of international justice in Africa and beyond.  By studying the challenges and limitations of the Malabo Protocol for the African Court, we explore justice in Africa in relation to the judicial constraints of international law as well as its operationalization within larger political and regional architectures.  To meet these goals, we have undertaken the following actions:

  • The compilation of an African Court compendium, which provides guidelines and best practices, including an in-depth analysis of the articles of Protocol on Amendments to the Statute of the African Court of Justice and Human and Peoples Rights.
  • The delivery of technical assistnace and proposed draft Rules of Procedure and Evidence to serve as an initial basis of interpretation of the adopted instrument once the court is operational.
  • The development of various publications ranging from short policy oriented reports that outline recommendations on what the African Union could do to improve the statute – assuming that it achieves the 15 ratifications required to enter into force in the near future.

This project aims to aid in the development of public policy relevant to international criminal justice, ranging from the International Criminal Court through to its member states, the African Union, the United Nations, regional and sub-regional organizations in the developing world, civil society and the international community at large.