Phase II of the project involves the broadening of the project in relation to the African Court’s three jurisdictions over criminal, human rights and general matters. In studying these jurisdictions, we have focused on understanding the functioning of the future tribunal in relation to the particularities of African ecologies of justice through which there needed to be clarification of deeper understandings of the Malabo Protocol in relation to existing African Union and other institutions forming part of the continent’s human rights architecture including the African Court of Human and Peoples Rights in Arusha, Tanzania.
Phase II includes the following 3 key elements:
- A mapping of the human rights and general jurisdiction mandates of the African Court of Justice and the issues arising from them.
- A conference co-convened in collaboration with the African Union Legal Counsel and the Pan-African Lawyer’s Union in Arusha, Tanzania to discuss the findings of the ACRI-FIU Experts Meeting as well as the progress of the project to date.
- A smaller cooperation meeting in The Hague with key interlocutors from the International Criminal Court Office of the Prosecutor, the African Union Legal Counsel, as well as a small number of other African stakeholders.
Also central to the work of ACRI in Phase II has involved the drafting of various auxiliary documents for the future African Court to consider adopting. These include the Rules of Procedure (RPE), which will address procedural aspects of the Court’s work and contemplate ways to define the elements of the offences under the court’s subject matter jurisdiction.