Sudan: Bashir Gets His Day in Court
Thirty years after he swept into power in a military coup that ousted the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi, Omar al-Bashir has appeared in court… Read more »
Africa: Courts Push Back Against the Might of Big Tobacco
For some years I have been following the progress of tobacco control court challenges across Africa. Two things have struck me. First, each new law or regulation aimed at forcing… Read more »
South Africa: The Long Road to Jacob Zuma's Corruption Trial
After a lengthy legal battle which dramatically shaped post-apartheid SA's political landscape, former President Jacob Zuma appeared in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court… Read more »
Swaziland: Bank Ruling Another Blow for Media Freedom
Swaziland (now Eswatini) is hardly known as a land where transparency and free speech enjoy much value. Now the country's High Court has helped maintain this reputation with a… Read more »
Algeria: General Claims Judiciary 'Freed From All Pressures'
Following another week of turmoil and mass protests that prompted President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's resignation, his influential brother and two generals have been detained. Read more »
Southern Africa: Should Regional Leaders Shoulder Blame for Cyclone Damage?
As southern Africa reels from one of its most devastating natural disasters, questions are being asked about whether regional governments have done enough to prepare for the… Read more »
Namibia: Protesting Magistrates Ordered to Return to the Bench
Recusal has become a political football in a number of African jurisdictions during the past months, but Namibia has produced a completely new scenario: magistrates who refuse to… Read more »
Kenya: Appeal Court Throws Out One-Sided Racism Case
SA is not the only African country where the courts must consider tension build-up between black and white colleagues over allegations of apartheid-style racism. Read more »
South Africa: Is SA Facing a Watergate Moment?
The damning report into the abuse and plunder of the State Security Agency (SSA) is the latest indictment of the turbulent Jacob Zuma presidency. Read more »
Kenya: Appellate Judges Find Against Moi Regime in Torture, Abduction Cases
The solemn opening remarks by Kenyan Judges John Mativo and Pauline Nyamweya signalled the gravity of the decision they were about to give and the horrors the case would disclose:… Read more »
South Africa: Caster Semenya in the Race of Her Life
South Africa raised a legless son who outran able-bodied athletes before becoming the defendant in one of the biggest criminal trials in history. It also produced a daughter whose… Read more »
Tanzania: Appeal Judges Find Serious Errors by Trial Courts
As I read the decisions of Tanzania's highest court for its last session of 2018, I was shocked by what I found. In one appeal after another the judges agreed that the trial court… Read more »
Congo-Kinshasa: All Eyes on Judicial Bodies as Tensions Simmer
‘The lesson we learnt (in South Africa) is that democracy is not about strong people, it is about a strong system.’ - – DRC national Leonard Mulunda who now lives… Read more »
Central African Republic: Parliamentary Protest Backfires as Lawmaker Faces the ICC
When CAR lawmaker Alfred Yekatom fired a live round in Parliament less than a month ago, he probably didn't expect to be hauled in front of the International Criminal Court. Read more »
Gabon: Court Moves to Resolve Constitutional Crisis
Since its independence from France in 1960, Gabon has had just three Presidents. Not surprisingly, notes Legalbrief , the hospitalisation of current leader Ali Bongo has sparked a… Read more »
Lesotho: Time to Overhaul Lesotho's Colonial-Era Laws
This is a story that begins with a divorce: in 1991 the marriage of Sello Matete and his first wife, 'Malebina Matete, ended. Read more »
Africa: Will Saudi Journalist Khashoggi's Killing Sink African Projects?
The disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has shaken Saudi Arabia's many international ties and raised serious concerns about it political and economic links to the… Read more »
Mauritius: Bitter Feud Over UK's Last Remaining African Colony
The future of an Indian Ocean archipelago which is the last remaining African colony of the old British Empire came into sharp focus at the International Court of Justice (ICJ)… Read more »
Mozambique: Cardoso's Killer Back in Mozambique
One of Mozambique’s most wanted men is in custody in Maputo after being deported from Thailand last week. Legalbrief reports that Nini Satar is expected to be sent to South… Read more »
Swaziland: Courts & King Face Challenge Over Country's Name Change
Less than three months after King Mswati III’s declaration that his country’s name had changed comes a direct challenge to the legality of that decision. Read more »
South Africa: Govt to Backtrack on Pulling Out of Hague Court?
In what appears to be an extraordinary about-turn, International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu last week hinted that the government might reconsider the controversial decision… Read more »
Tunisia: An 'Exceptional Day' as Arab Spring Trial Kicks Off
The first court case brought by a Tunisian commission probing human rights violations stretching back six decades is under way with 14 former officials, including ousted dictator… Read more »
Kenya: After 30 Years, Justice for Airman
A long, long time ago, in 1976 to be exact, John Muruge Mbogo joined the Kenya armed forces and was detailed to serve with the air force. In the next six years, before his life… Read more »
Africa: Adultery in Africa - How Courts View the 'Other Woman'
The hapless woman at the heart of the dispute, Precious Kgaje, asked the High Court, Francistown, for a damages order against Oreneile Mhotsha, saying the other woman had been… Read more »
Southern Africa: Judges Crack Down on 'War on Women' - But Will It Help?
War is being waged in the southern African region: against women. That's the conclusion you could come to from regularly reading court decisions in this part of the continent. Read more »
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