Core funding for African Network of Constitutional Lawyers

By Bukeka Mkhosi | July 06th, 2011

The main goal of this project is to provide core funding to the African Network of Constitutional Lawyers (ANCL) to conduct its day to day activities and to advance academic discourse on constitutionalism and constitutional law in the region and to influence policy on constitution making. The ANCL will publish a bi-annual journal on Constitutional Law in Africa.

The project aims to support the core activities of the ANCL that focus on constitutionalism in the region and to publish a bi-annual journal on constitutional law in Africa. The primary strategy of the ANCL over the past 2 years has been the establishment of a number of specialist working committees, with the mandate to bring academics and advocates together to deliberate on policy and legislative reform and to forge meaningful links around the continent.

OSISA will give a grant to ANCL, which is coordinated by a secretariat based at the University of Cape Town (the Democratic Governance & Rights Unit), whose responsibility it is to drive the network, organize the annual meeting, the various governance structures and the working committees, as well as the membership database and website.

This project will run from July 2011-June 2012 and aims to:

- support the ANCL in being the leading network on matters of constitutional democracy in Africa, and an organisation capable of exerting a progressive influence on the state of human rights in Africa;
- provide the ANCL will a dynamic and strong secretariat to drive and support the activities of the working groups and the networking capabilities of the ANCL and its membership as whole; and,
- make quality academic scholarship on Constitutionalism in Africa accessible and available Africa-wide.

Specific objectives related to the journal include:

- providing a medium for the comprehensive coverage and discussion of the latest developments in the theory and practice of constitutionalism in Africa;
- providing a medium for the regular exchanges of views, sharing of experiences and interaction between African constitutional law scholars, lawyers, judges, NGO communities and others;
- acting as a means of promoting constitutional governance, the rule of law and good governance as well as a regular means of monitoring and assessing the progress being made in the different countries on these developments;
- acting as an outlet for papers presented during the ANCL conferences and Working Group research outputs; and
- in time, and with added funding, cutting across the language and legal divide in the continent by providing a bilingual journal, which will provide a rich source of comparative constitutional law material for scholars, practitioners, judges, policy makers and others.

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