HRAS is delighted to announce engagement with the African Court ARC Project as a new Supporting Entity to the HRAS international initiative.
ARC is an initiative whose mission is to secure justice and strengthen the rule of law in Africa.
ARC’s mission is to secure justice and strengthen the rule of law in Africa by taking cases before regional courts, tribunals and commissions, and raising awareness of egregious human rights violations through social media.
ARC provides technical assistance in the form of legal advice to local advocates on initiating and managing cases before regional courts, tribunals and commissions in Africa. This may include substantive legal advice on international human rights law and international criminal law as well as strategic advice.
ARC works with legal professionals, law societies, NGOs, and concerned individuals to raise awareness of human rights abuses in Africa. This includes monitoring of cases and court reform proposals, as well as wider public awareness campaigns utilising social media. ARC provides training to local advocates in Africa on substantive and procedural human rights mechanisms.
ARC was founded in 2012 by Gillian Higgins, an international human rights and criminal law barrister at 9 Bedford Row International and founding member of the International Criminal Law Bureau, following her visit to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ rights in Arusha, Tanzania and initial consultation with the East African Law Society. ARC has assembled a team of international barristers and solicitors to achieve its mission.