By Ms. J. Abdulle.
On Thursday 28 of July 2016 for the third time, a networking reception was organized for the African participants attending the 2016 Public International Law summer course session of The Hague Academy of International Law and the African interns of The Hague Tribunals and Courts. The event was coordinated by Ms. Jamilla Abdulle who is the programme coordinator and legal officer of the African Foundation for International Law (AFIL). The senior African international legal practitioners based in The Hague that were present were Judge Sanji Mmasenono Monageng of the International Criminal Court, Dr. Jean Pélé Fomété Deputy-Registrar of the International Criminal Court, Judge Koffi Kumelio A. Afande of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Tanzanian Ambassador H.E. Mrs. Irene F.M. Kasyanju and Mrs. Gloria Atiba-Davies who is the Victims Expert in the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) at the International Criminal Court. According to Ms. Abdulle, the networking event is aimed at creating a forum for exchange between the African participants and senior African international legal practitioners based in The Hague.
As stated by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe: “Africa is not only a geographical expression; its is also a metaphysical landscape; it is in fact a view of the world and of the whole cosmos perceived from a particular position” (“Thoughts on the African Novel” in Chinua Achebe,Hopes and impediments: Selected Essays, Anchor Books, October 1990, p. 92). A clear articulation of that view with respect to international law will not only be to the benefit of Africa, but of the entire world. It is therefore AFIL's hope that through the establishment of the AFIL, that AFIL we will have both a strategy and a mechanism for pursuing the above objectives.
AFIL was established in December 2003 in The Hague, The Netherlands with the following aims and purposes: To promote study, research and analysis on international legal matters of particular interest and relevance to African countries and to foster the teaching and dissemination of International law in Africa; To encourage and promote intellectual debate and exchanges on international legal issues of particular interest to Africa and its peoples; To foment the establishment of networks among African International lawyers as well as between the latter and scholars of other continents and to contribute actively to the promotion and building of the rule of law in Africa. AFIL in association with the African Association of International Law (AAIL), have used the presence of African participants in The Hague during the Summer Course as an opportunity to achieve this central aim.
The creation of AFIL, has embarked on a wider enterprise in the service of the African continent and its peoples, and for this AFIL believes that the advancement and promotion of international law, and of the rule of law, are integral to the development of Africa.