Press release: The African Legal Centre has launched!


JOHANNESBURG – On 9 March 2015, after over six months of planning, web development, testing and analysis, the African Legal Centre (ALC) launched its web-based platform at

The ALC is a non-profit voluntary organisation developed by African lawyers, academics and students with a mission to strengthen and develop the rule of law in Africa by commenting, documenting and reporting on human rights related issues on the continent through an open-source and easy-to-use web-based resource.

Its overarching objective is to consolidate African human rights law through the creation of legal information‑sharing networks throughout the African continent and to protect, promote and develop African legal instruments and jurisprudence.

The work of the ALC is separated in four divisions:

  • Commentary and Reporting on recent developments in African human rights law, including decisions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, regional economic community courts and appellate courts.
  • Researching and documenting key developments within identified focus areas, which currently include Corporate Accountability, Environmental Justice, International Criminal Justice and Migrant and Refugee Rights.
  • Engaging in projects which seek to test and identify innovative and creative technological mechanisms to inform the public about human rights violations occurring on continent.
  • Consolidating and documenting African legal resources.

In commenting and reporting on African human rights law, the ALC will act independently and without favour or prejudice.  In doing so, it will strive to uphold the values of dignity, equality and freedom and it will bind itself to the principles of fairness and ethical reporting.

The work of the ALC has just begun; and it will continue to maintain, develop and expand its platform.

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Johannesburg, South Africa

9 March 2015