Michael Power | South Africa’s international and domestic legal obligations to arrest Omar al-Bashir

14 June 2015 – On Sunday, 14 June 2015, the Pretoria High Court heard an urgent application concerning South Africa’s legal obligations to execute arrest warrants against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and surrender him to the International Criminal Court (“ICC”).  Al-Bashir, who has two outstanding ICC arrest warrants for his involvement as an indirect (co-)perpetrator […]

Michael Power | Gendered jurisprudence: The inadequate representation of female judges on African courts

20 April 2015 – The preamble to the African Charter stipulates that “freedom, equality, justice and dignity are essential objectives for the achievement of the legitimate aspirations of the African peoples”.  Article 3 provides that “every individual shall be entitled to equal protection of the law.”  In relation to the selection of judges – those […]

Michael Power | Justice disregarded and delayed: The African Commission decision in Elgak and Others v Sudan

25 March 2015 – On 10 March 2015 the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) handed down its decision in Elgak and Others v Sudan (379/09) ACHPR (2015) (Elgak).  The ACHPR found that the torture of three human rights defenders by Sudanese National Security and Intelligence Services (NISS) officers in 2009 violated multiple rights contained […]