Connecting National and International Justice in  Arusha, Tanzania.

The Second Dialogue conference brought together African Chief Justices, Presidents of Supreme Courts and Constitutional Courts, academia, national judiciaries, and human rights bodies to share information for improving judicial administration, ensuring access to judicial protection of human rights within the African continent, and exchanging information and jurisprudence.

Addressing a plenary session as chair on the topics incorporating technology in court processes to enhance effectiveness and efficiency in the judicial process, and the way forward on the establishment of a judicial network in Africa, the ACC Commissioner said there is no peace without justice; therefore, there is need to strengthen the capacity and conditions of judicial officers.

African judicial system is largely challenged by several factors including weak administration, poor remuneration, inconsistent procedures, incapacitated staff, and lack of use of ICTs. This mostly leads to delay in justice and sometimes denial of justice. The broad implication is that anti-corruption matters are equally affected. Mr. Kamara said to avoid this judicial embarrassment, it is necessary to improve court management systems, since the fight against corruption is deeply rooted in the delivery of justice.

The Second Continental Judicial Dialogue conference in Arusha, Tanzania, brought together  200 delegates from African Union Member States to discuss broad topics including judicial reforms; recent developments and trends in human rights jurisprudence, particularly with respect to the interpretation and application of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights; regional human rights instruments and domestic constitutions; continuing judicial education and management of judicial institutions.