Subsidiarity as a cure for the African Human Rights System?

The African system is now over 40 years old, but in some ways the relationship between it and domestic courts across Africa remains remarkably distant. There are many reasons for this: the ACHPR’s caseload remains small compared to other regional systems, both the Commission and the Court lack the resources to build strong links with domestic institutions, access to library resources in many African domestic courts is still limited, until the last few decades most domestic African systems had had a relatively weak fundamental rights jurisprudence that did not draw on international and regional human rights law, scholarship on the African human rights regional system is still underdeveloped, and the law school education on the African system remains unsatisfactory. Yet, there are signs that some of these difficulties are being overcome. The question is whether these changed conditions will produce a closer relationship between the regional and domestic human rights systems.