8 August 2013

Tanzania: ICJ to Establish Law Institute in Arusha

Arusha — THE International Court of Justice (ICJ) based in The Hague intends to establish a special Institute of International law in Tanzania to be based in Arusha City.

This was stated by the International Court of Justice Judge, Dr Abdulqawi Yusuf who paid an official visit to the Arusha-based, East African Community Secretariat, where he held talks with the EAC Secretary General, Ambassador Richard Sezibera.

Speaking on the ICJ's decision of establishing the proposed Institute of International law in Arusha, the prominent Somali international lawyer and judge, Dr Yusuf, explained that the 'World Court' training organisation will be dedicated to offering higher learning and research in international law and the law of the African Union needed for the development of the continent.

On his part the EAC Secretary General, Mr Sezibera, welcomed the decision of the establishment of the Institute of International law and pledged the community's unwavering support towards the initiative.

Dr Sezibera mentioned the crucial role that the institute will play includes building up capacity of African lawyers in dealing with various aspects of international law especially in dispute settling.

The 'World Court' decision comes at the time when the other United Nations' organisation; the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which has been trying cases related to the 1994 genocide in Arusha, is in the final processes of closing shop.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) which is also known as the World Court is the primary judicial branch of the United Nations. It is based in the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands where also the International Criminal Court (ICC) operates.

The ICJ's major roles include settling legal disputes submitted to it by states as well as providing advisory opinions on legal matters that are being submitted to it by duly authorized international branches, agencies and the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.

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