Somaliland:Chief Justice attends the Open Law Africa Conference and the 1st Africa Colloquium on Environmental Rule of Law in Nairobi –

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Gudoomiyaha Maxkada Sare ee Somaliland, Prof. Adam Xaaji-Cali Axmed oo ka Hadlaaya furitaanka shirka

Nairobi, KENYA (HargeisaPress) — The Chairman of Somaliland High Court and Constitutional Court Prof. Aden Haji Ali Ahmed currently away on a working tour this week attended two in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital.

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The first workshop being the Open Law- Africa Conference 2015, the free Access to Law in deepening Rule of Law and Democracy under the theme “Partnering to Sustain Free Digital Access to Law in Africa “was jointly organized by African Legal Information Institute (AfricanLii) , SAFLII ( South African legal information institute), University of Cape Town and Kenya school of Law ,was held from the 12-13 October in Nairobi, Kenya.

 

The workshop is the first of a series of a number of regional workshops to be held in Africa, with the next ones organized in Ghana and South Africa.

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Africa is marked with critical gaps in legal information availability: its collection; processing; preservation and dissemination. This has a negative impact on the continent’s development, given the role that the availability of the law has in stimulating investment and strengthening democracy and the rule of law.

 

It is important to ensure that African citizens gain the necessary leverage from having the ability to freely access the laws that govern them, know their legal rights, understand the limits of public power and enforce accountability.

Gudoomiyayaasha Maxakada Saree e Kenya iyo Somaliland
Gudoomiyayaasha Maxakada Saree e Kenya iyo Somaliland

The justice sector of countries such as South Sudan, Somaliland, Rwanda and Tanzania has expressed interest in making their legal systems more accessible and transparent. The Open Law – Africa workshop is the platform to discuss their participation and how they can benefit from the regional open law community.

 

Prof. Aden Haji Ali Ahmed, Somaliland Chief Justice while addressing the forum during the opening ceremony of the conference said , “Although African countries separate and distinct law systems doesn’t mean they can’t adopt clear polices meant to consolidate and strengthen partnerships that will facilitate sustainable free access to law services in Africa.

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On the other hand, Somaliland Chief Justice Prof. Aden Haji Ali Hussein briefly met with his counterpart Dr. Willy Mutunga , the Chief Justice of Kenya , the two officials are expected to meet again on the on Thursday to discuss opportunities for future collaborations in the Judiciary sector between the two nation.

 

The objective of the Colloquium is to advance the debate on effective environmental governance in the Africa. Promoting the rule of law requires  measures to ensure adherence to the principles of supremacy of the law, equality before the law, accountability to the law, fairness in the application of the law, separation of powers, participation in decision-making, legal certainty, avoidance of arbitrariness, and procedural and legal transparency.

 

Source: Somalilandpress.com

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