19.11.2017
By stripping the ACJHR of the power to prosecute Africa’s leaders have the AU scored an own goal?

By stripping the ACJHR of the power to prosecute Africa’s leaders have the AU scored an own goal?

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At a closed-door session over the weekend of 28-29 June 2014, the assembly of the AU granted sitting African leaders immunity from prosecution at the African Court of Justice and Human Rights.  Incumbent leaders and “senior state officials based on their functions” who allegedly committed genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity will not be […]

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Overview of Intellectual Property Legal, Policy & Institutional Regime in Tanzania

Overview of Intellectual Property Legal, Policy & Institutional Regime in Tanzania

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        Hawa Orgen Nchai is an LLB graduant from Islamic University in Uganda and a student of PGDLP at Law School of Tanzania. Her focus is on delivering high level expertise and professionalism in a broad range of legal matters, including Sharia Law. She has a passion for excellence and is results […]

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Extraterritorial Application of Competition Law

Extraterritorial Application of Competition Law

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Ephraim Musiba is currently in the process of completing his studies towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the Law School of Tanzania. He holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) degree in International Trade Law from the University of Cape Town. His previous professional experience includes working for Japan Tobacco International – Tanzania as a […]

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The politics of gas contract negotiations in Tanzania: a review

The politics of gas contract negotiations in Tanzania: a review

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Tanzania started developing its gas resources commercially only a decade ago. Major gas finds have accelerated the development of its petroleum sector and affected the country’s whole political economy. This paper provides a review of these processes, focusing on factors influencing the negotiation of contracts. It argues that the Tanzanian government’s bargaining strength has improved […]

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How guns fuel crime

How guns fuel crime

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Annual crime  stats [in South Africa] will be released this week, and the number of people killed in gun-related violence is expected to be as high as ever. Chandre Gould and Adele Kirsten argue that interviews with men who are serving time in jail for violent crimes indicate that gun ownership alone is a key […]

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FIREARMS CONTROL BRIEFING GLOBAL STRATEGIES TO REDUCE VIOLENCE

FIREARMS CONTROL BRIEFING GLOBAL STRATEGIES TO REDUCE VIOLENCE

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Fatal firearm crime remains a daily tragedy throughout the world. We are reminded of this scourge by the headline stories of cinema massacres, celebrity murders etc etc.  But these incidents represent the tip of the ice berg and in there absence, violent gun crime and societal violence per se, must never become a forgotten story.   […]

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Oil and gas can contribute to development in Africa despite falling oil prices

Oil and gas can contribute to development in Africa despite falling oil prices

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When oil or gas is found in sub-Saharan African countries, expectations flare at the prospect of revenues that can be spent on social expenditure like health and education.   However, the fall in global oil prices highlights the importance of long-term productive investments. A strategy for the development of industries and infrastructure may therefore not […]

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High Court Judge Appointment  – Congratulations to Shiraz Aziz – The Honourable Mr. Justice Aziz

High Court Judge Appointment – Congratulations to Shiraz Aziz – The Honourable Mr. Justice Aziz

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We at LEAP would like to extend our congratulations to Shiraz Aziz (the Honourable Mr. Justice Aziz) on his appointment as High Court Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. Mr. Justice Aziz will take up his appointment on 1st April 2015 and will be stationed on the Caribbean Island of Grenada.   Mr. Justice […]

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LEAP Conference Report

LEAP Conference Report

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LEAP was pleased to have brought together a stellar line up of expert speakers who engaged with a dynamic audience from various sectors. It was noted by many that the balance of professionals, students, interested lay persons present at the event was refreshing, which brought a liveliness and unshackled feel to the exchanges.   LEAP is […]

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Where does the ICC go from here???

Where does the ICC go from here???

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The case before the ICC concerning the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, has been dropped on all charges. This has occurred amidst fierce criticism from the ICC's chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, who claims that the Kenyan authorities obstructed her office's ability to put the case. The inevitable questions, however, centre around the ICC's credibility, and where it goes from here.

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THANK YOU!!!!

THANK YOU!!!!

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LEAP would like to extend a huge thank you to all who participated in making our inaugural conference and launch the success that it was. From our expert speakers, sponsors, service providers and of course delegates attending the event - THANK YOU!!!

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LEAP Conference discussion feed – contribution from Malcolm Dowden

LEAP Conference discussion feed – contribution from Malcolm Dowden

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Consultant at Charles Russell LLP and Director at Law2020 LLP   During a recent Law Society workshop in Dar es Salaam on Public Private Partnerships for infrastructure projects two key issues with rule of law implications emerged:   1. Ensuring that infrastructure projects (eg transport) recognise and protect community land rights. In this context, we […]

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Seeking discussion feeds for LEAP’s Inaugural Conference 19-20 November Dar Es Salaam

Seeking discussion feeds for LEAP’s Inaugural Conference 19-20 November Dar Es Salaam

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We invite you to start the debate here on these important areas concerning the development momentum across the African continent listed below.   Legal Expertise Access Platform (LEAP) is a not for profit organisation providing a socio-legal expertise access – info sharing – networking platform for Africa, in support of the rule of law and […]

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LEAP to officially launch at its inaugural conference 19-20 November 2014 hosted by the Law School of Tanzania

LEAP to officially launch at its inaugural conference 19-20 November 2014 hosted by the Law School of Tanzania

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The LEAP conference will be a unique platform for expert presentations, targeting leadership in governmental and key stakeholder sectors. It will provide platforms for expert and delegate led break out sessions on pivotal areas of interest to the continent.

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5 years and counting – a South African gun story

5 years and counting – a South African gun story

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Murder trials, awfully social things. The airwaves capitalise on society’s fascination with violence and the once minimal conversation between the shopper and the supermarket cashier suddenly become filled with the gruesome details of yet another young woman’s death. All is discussed, no rumour left unturned, no opinion held back. The defendant is judged in the […]

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The International Criminal Court and the Kenyan Cases – a young Kenyan’s perspective

The International Criminal Court and the Kenyan Cases – a young Kenyan’s perspective

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The International Criminal Court’s case against the sitting President and Deputy President of Kenya is perhaps the most discussed issue in Kenya, Africa and the world at the moment, only second to the Ebola outbreak. “What are the implications of the court’s decision?” …..“Does the relevance of the ICC rely on the outcome of the cases?” these are some of the questions going through people’s minds with regards to this sensitive issue.

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South Africa: Pistorius Convicted of Manslaughter

South Africa: Pistorius Convicted of Manslaughter

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LEAP invites you to contribute to the debate

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ICC suspends trial against Kenyatta – What does this mean for the rule of law in Africa?  Join the discussion

ICC suspends trial against Kenyatta – What does this mean for the rule of law in Africa? Join the discussion

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Who is best placed to police and to hold our leaders in Africa to account? How are the mechanism of obtaining justice and cementing the rule of law in Africa being deployed? What is the public perception in Africa and internationally regarding such apparent failed attempts at due process? Join the discussion NOW! on the LEAP Forum

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Webber Wentzel provides pro bono support to the Legal Expertise Access Platform

Webber Wentzel provides pro bono support to the Legal Expertise Access Platform

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Associate director, Patrick Ache, says, "Our support of LEAP stems from our commitment to provide our clients and the wider public with the highest level of legal expertise combined with social sensitivity and responsibility."LEAP is a newly launched initiative which aims to encourage the rule of law in Africa by providing greater access to experts, information and networking possibilities in the socio-legal field.

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COEXIST – An intervention against all forms of violence against women

COEXIST – An intervention against all forms of violence against women

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Taking responsibility – men tackling violence against women A much needed addition to the responses against the systemic violence perpetrated against women the world over. COEXIST is a non-profit organization advancing social cohesion through education and innovation.    

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Lost in liberation – a youthful perspective

Lost in liberation – a youthful perspective

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We at LEAP recognise that Africa’s future is in the hands of its youth. We wish to give a voice to that youth, that it may be heard and taken into account by law makers and others when making policy or taking decisions affecting it’s future. To that end we are proud to introduce a special series on our blog "Young African Voices."

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Mandela – the visionary lawyer laying foundations for the effective rule of law

Mandela – the visionary lawyer laying foundations for the effective rule of law

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At the time of Mandela’s death on 5th December 2013, LEAP had not yet launched. Having now done so, we at LEAP feel compelled to offer our impressions of this truly remarkable individual. And what better time to do it than on Mandela Day.   As the global community wipes its tears, and softens its cries […]

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The Serengeti Road

The Serengeti Road

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On November 2010 Earthcare Services Ltd – a research and project management consultancy firm carrying out independent operations -received a nod from Africa Network For Animal Warfare (ANAW), to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment study. The assessment concerned the proposed construction project of a road to bitumen standard for public use, on the section between […]

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Events and Conferences: July 2014

Events and Conferences: July 2014

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1 July 2014: SRSG Hilde Johnson on the Protection of Civilians in South Sudan. IPI will be streaming an SRSG Series event Tuesday, July 1st at 1:15pm EST, featuring Hilde F. Johnson, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN  Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), who will speak about the challenges of physical protection and the establishment […]

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