The students on the LLM/MPhil programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa are assigned to human rights clinics which contributes to the work of the Centre’s Research Units and give the students practical experience and advance the Centre’s mission towards the realisation of human rights in Africa.
In 2022, working with three students, the project provided research support for the LEXOTA platform. They undertook an international human rights review of existing laws and government actions with respect to disinformation and disinformation laws in 19 countries. The countries are Somalia, Eritrea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Malawi, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Namibia, the Gambia, Eswatini, South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and Botswana. The project also drafted a shadow report for Kenya with respect to Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Charter) at the 71st session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) held in May 2022.
Clinic Members 2022
In 2021, the project prepared shadow reports for the state party reports submitted by Niger and Malawi to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission). The reports assessed the state of freedom of expression and the right of access to information in Niger and Malawi and made the necessary recommendations. In addition to that, the project developed three country reports for Nigeria (access here) and South Africa (access here), analysing national policies on Artificial Intelligence (AI) from a human rights perspective focusing on access to information and freedom of expression. #Tech4Rights Expo
Clinic Members 2021