A Critical Examination of the role of African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Development of Law

It is trite that the development of any society is hinged on the ability of the judiciary to uphold the rule of law. A society that cannot protect and promote the human rights of its members would experience a slow pace of development. The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights was established to protect and promote human rights of Africans in Africa. This paper examines the mandate of the African Court and tracks its progress since inception on the nature of decisions issued by the Court. It further investigates the level of compliance to the decisions of the Court vis-a- vis the resistance displayed towards the decisions of the Court as well as the extent to which the decisions of the Court have been able to influence policy change in Member States. The paper investigates the role of the African Court in realizing the Aspirations of Agenda 2063 and postulates policy recommendations on how to ensure enforceability of the judgements of the African Court.