If The Hague is the legal capital of the world, it is hoped that the city of Arusha will soon be its African equivalent. The government of Tanzania plans to expand the legal prowess and jurisdiction of the city’s institutions. Arusha has hosted many historically significant commissions and judgments.
Tanzania Daily News reports: “Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda revealed the plans during the opening session of the ongoing Continental Judicial Dialogue with National Judiciaries, an event bringing together institutions of the African human rights system.
‘Arusha already hosts the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the East African Court of Justice, the East African Law Society and the United Nations’ International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda which means the stage for the city’s position to handle international criminal cases and other continental legal proceedings is already set,’ pointed out the Premier.
Mr Pinda stated that establishing Arusha as the continent’s own “Hague” should be done in view of the African Union Policy Organs decisions to merge the African Court of Human Rights with the African Court of Justice to create the African Court of Justice and Human Rights, an institution which will be based in Arusha.”
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