The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) invites members of the Faculty and broader University Community to a seminar entitled: The role of constitutional courts in post-coup d’état and post-insurrection transitions: The West African cases of Niger, Burkina Faso, and Mali.

Date: 25 May 2022
Time: 09:00 SAST
Format: Online (Zoom)

In recent years, a resurgence of military coups has been observed in West Africa, particularly in countries such as Niger (in 2010) Mali (in 2012 and 2020) Guinea Conakry (in 2008 and 2021) and Burkina Faso (a popular insurrection in 2014 and military coup in 2022). All these coups d'état led to the suspension of the normal constitutional order and the setting up of transitions to organize a return to normal constitutional order. The constitutional judge has often been a key actor in these transitions.

This presentation focuses on the role of the constitutional judge in these post-coup transitions. Through the study of five transition situations in three countries (the transition in Niger, the two transitions in Mali and the two transitions in Burkina Faso), I will discuss the role that the constitutional judge has played in the setting up of the transition, the conduct of the transition and the restoration of the normal constitutional order. I will also give some assessments of the work of the constitutional judge during these transitions and its possible impact on constitutional stability.


  • Dr. Samson Mwin Sôg Mé DABIRE

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Pumeza Matwa
Office Administrator
Institute for International Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA)


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