The Conference of African Legal Process and the Individual opened in Addis Ababa on Monday, April 19.
The Conference of African Legal Process and the Individual opened in Addis Ababa on Monday, April 19. Organized by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), it is being attended by jurists from 41 members states - plus observers from International Organizations with affiliate interests. The Conference was opened by Ethiopian Justice Minister Akalewort Habtewold, accompanied on the executive platform by such eminent African personalities as Conference Chairman Justice Nii Amaa Ollennu, President of the Ghana National Assembly; ECA Executive Secretary Robert Gardiner; Chief Justice of Nigeria Sir Adetekunbo Ademola; and President of the Supreme Court Alphonese Boni of the Ivory Coast.
Shown speaking in this film are ECA Secretary Gardiner and Algerian Counsellor Yahia Cherif.
After the opening session, Emperor Haile Selassie gave a reception for the delegates at Jubilee Palace.
SYNOPSIS: The Africa Hall in Addis Ababa on April 19 as delegates from forty-one member states of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) met for the opening of the Conference on African Legal Process and the Individual. Ethiopian Justice Minister Akalewort Habtewold shared the podium with ECA Executive Secretary Gardiner, Nigerian Chief Justice Sir Adete-Kunbo Ademola and Ivorian Supreme Court President Boni.
The Conference, whose Chairman is Justice Nii Amaa Ollennu, President of the National Assembly of Ghana, is also attended by observers from several international organisations with affiliate interests. It is primarily studying actual Constitutions, laws and institutions affecting human rights in Africa.
ECA Executive Secretary Robert Gardiner, in his opening address, pointed out the need for a public awareness of individual rights - an awareness sorely lacking among the people of Africa. Once the individual had access to inexpensive and ready legal assistance, learned how justice could become a public service, and gained confidence in the legal profession, the judiciary and the Government - then, said Mr. Gardiner, the individual and the community would attain greater well-being. His words were heard with interest by the delegates and observers - who were later to begin discussions on the problems affecting not only their particular areas, but also the inter-relations between the member states on judicial subjects.
Yahia Cherif, Algerian Counsellor of the Appeal Court, was the first of the delegates to present his country's proposals to the meeting.
Later, at the Jubilee Palace, the delegates were invited to an official reception given by Emperor Haile Selassie, one of the prime movers of the Organisation of African Unity - which along with the sponsoring ECA, is one of the main backers of the Conference.