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Members from Doughty Street International have been involved in an extensive range of litigation on the African continent. This has involved cases at the domestic level as well as before sub-regional and regional courts and tribunals, representing individuals and governments and defended NGOs. Many have acted as amicus curiae.
We have diverse experience in a range of different fora, including before national courts, regional and UN committees, courts and tribunals, and international criminal tribunals.
Our expertise includes the areas of:
- challenges to the death penalty;
- children’s rights;
- torture prevention;
- prison conditions;
- international criminal law;
- fair trial;
- access to justice;
- election monitoring;
- corporate social responsibility;
- refugee law.
In addition, members of the team have also provided advice on a range of human rights issues in the continent to the UN, governments, NGOs, national human rights commissions, and regional organisations. This has included acting as legal advisors and consultants to the Department for International Development (DFID), International commission of Jurists (ICJ), Amnesty International, Interparliamentary Union; and the African Union. We have also acted as experts on international fact finding missions organised by the International Bar Association and the Bar Human Rights Committee to countries in the region including Egypt, Rwanda and Nigeria.
Members of our team also regularly conduct training for judges, prosecutors, defence counsel, NGOs and others on the continent. We also teach human rights law and have published leading practitioner and academic guides on human rights law in Africa; African Guide to International Criminal Justice (Max du Plessis); The Practice of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda (John Jones QC); Human Rights Manual and Sourcebook for Africa (Keir Starmer QC); Human Rights and the South African Legal Order (1978), International Law. A South African Perspective (Professor John Dugard SE); The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and International Law (Professor Rachel Murray); Implementing the Findings of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Professor Rachel Murray).
Domestic litigation and advice
Barristers and members of the DSI Africa team have litigated and provided advice and training at the domestic level in a large number of African countries including Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Equatorial guinea; The Gambia, Ghana (Ghana v Gambrah  EWHC 1569 (Admin), Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria (Various Claimants v the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd), Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa (National Commissioner of the South African Police Service v Southern African Human Rights Litigation Centre and Another), Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
Regional and UN litigation
We have been involved in providing advice and appearing before the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Lohe Issa Konaté v. Burkina Faso), the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and sub-regional bodies including SADC and the East African Court of Justice.
Several of the team have represented individuals before the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the ICC (Situation in the Republic of Kenya in the case of Prosecutor v William Samoeiruto, Henry Kiprono Kosgey and Joshua Arap Sang).
DSI members have also been involved in drafting submissions and providing advice to UN committees, including the Human Rights Committee (Communication No. 2177/2012), the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT).