n African Human Rights Law Journal - The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and the development of fair trial norms in Africa

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1609-073X
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2096



In this contribution, the author assesses the African Commission's efforts at developing and defending fair trial norms under the African Charter. After discussing resolutions and declarations dealing with fair trial rights adopted by the Commission, the case law of the Commission is analysed. Aspects that are covered include the right to counsel, to be tried within a reasonable time, the right to a public trial, the right to appeal and the prohibition of ex post facto laws. The author concludes that the African Commission should be commended for its inspiring interpretation of the African Charter, but notes that these norms are not given effect to by way of effective remedies.

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