About Us

Who we are and what we do

Established on 12 September 2014, the African Legal Centre (ALC) is a non-profit voluntary organisation developed by African lawyers, academics and students which seeks to strengthen and develop the rule of law in Africa by commenting, documenting and reporting on human rights issues on the continent. The ALC embraces technology and seeks to: (1) consolidate African human rights law into an open-source and easy-to-use web-based resource; and (2) create legal information-sharing networks around the African continent. The ALC launched its website on 9 March 2015 and continues to develop and expand its technology.

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The ALC seeks to provide engaging and relevant commentary on legal developments in the region, at African legal mechanisms and in national courts. We welcome contributions from students, academics, practitioners and members of the public on topics relevant to African human rights law and practice.

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Focus Areas

The ALC researches and reports on a variety of focus areas including: corporate accountability, environmental justice, international criminal justice and migrant and refugee rights. The ALC focus areas seek to open debate around human rights issues facing the continent. We constantly track and monitor developments within our focus areas to keep you informed.

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ALC Projects seek to find innovative and creative ways to inform the public about human rights violations occurring on the continent and to educate the African public about their legal rights both under their national laws and in terms of African legal instruments. Our projects include the use of interactive maps and charts to provide context to the multiplicity of continuing rights violations on the continent. We're always open to suggestions and ideas for new projects.

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The ALC reports on the latest news and updates from African regional mechanisms and national courts to keep practitioners, policy makers and students informed.

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The resources directory provides a database of relevant African legal resources for academics, policy-makers, practitioners and students. The resources directory contains everything from judgments and academic writings to presidential proclamations and legislation. The resources directory is updated constantly to keep you up-to-date.

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Write for the ALC and Start your Author Page!

The ALC is constantly looking for new and interesting perspectives on the status of human rights in Africa and the laws that govern us. We accept writings on relevant topics that are between 500 and 2000 words in length. All writings should be accompanied with a brief biography and a head and shoulders photograph of the author, where possible. We reserve the right not to publish writings received. Writings can be submitted electronically to info@africanlegalcentre.org. Join our growing team of writers and start your own author page!


Africa is a big place and we cannot gather all of the information all of the time. Help us keep the ALC website up-to-date by tweeting us relevant information on African legal mechanisms or African human rights law @ALCupdates. By adding our handle to any relevant tweet you can help us grow the ALC!