Africa and The Evolution of International Law, 31 May 2013

The colloquium to commemorate the 80th birthday of Professor Georges Abi-Saab was held on the 31st of May 2013. Sponsored and organized by the African Association of International Law, the African Foundation for International Law and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies the colloquium was well attended by prominent international law scholars and practitioners including H.E. Judge Abdulqawi Yusuf, Professor Pierre-Marie Dupuy, and Professor Chris Maina Peter.

 

Opening speeches were made on behalf of the sponsoring organisations. Professor Marcelo Kohen, speaking on behalf of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, highlighted Professor Abi-Saab’s immense contribution to international law, noting in particular his widespread influence on generations of international law scholars.  Dr. Edward Kwakwa, Vice-President of the African Foundation for International Law detailed Professor Abi-Saab’s involvement in the formation of the African Foundation for International Law and his role as the Foundation’s President.  Subsequently, Dr. Olufemi Elias addressed Professor Abi-Saab’s role in the creation of the African Association of International Law, one of the first academic societies on the continent established to foster the development and dissemination of African perspectives and practices of international law.

 

Programme

10.00: Participants’ greetings

10.10 – 10.30 : Welcome speeches

10.30 – 12.00 : Panel I. Peace, Security and Human Rights in Africa

Chair:   Professor Pierre-Marie DUPUY, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Judge Fatsah OUGUERGOUZ, Vice-President, African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights

Dr. Mutoy MUBIALA, Human Rights Officer, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Dr. Djacoba L. TEHINDRAZANARIVELO, Lecturer, Boston University Study Abroad Geneva & Institute of Human Rights, Catholic University of Lyon

 

Lunch

14.00 – 15.30 : Panel II. Frontiers in Africa

Chair : Professor Marcelo KOHEN, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Professor Georges ABI-SAAB, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Dr. Olufemi A. ELIAS, Executive Secretary, World Bank Administrative Tribunal

Dr. Mamadou HEBIE, Lecturer, Graduate Institute of International Studies and Development - Master in International Dispute Settlement Programme

 

15.30 – 15.45 : Coffee break

15.45 – 17.30 : Panel III. Africa and the Future of International Law

Chair : Professor Georges ABI-SAAB, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Judge Abdulqawi A. YUSUF, International Court of Justice

Dr. Edward KWAKWA, Legal Counsel, World Intellectual Property Organization

Dr. Jumoke ODUWOLE, Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Nigeria