The excessive use of force by U.S. police forces in responding to the wave of demonstrations that have taken place throughout the country in the wake of the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks has rightly been widely condemned. In particular, events in the United States in recent weeks have highlighted the reality that far too often police use of force has a distinct racial bias.
ICLA is preparing summaries of COVID-19-related jurisprudence around the world on the right of peaceful assembly and police use of force.
ICLA and the CHR in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s Rule of Law Program for SubSaharan Africa - Nairobi, Kenya, is planning a webinar on the theme “Assessing the implications of Covid-19 pandemic regulations on human rights and the rule of law in Africa,” for 11-12 August 2020.
The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) is a research institute located in the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria. The ICLA was established at the beginning of 2011 and is located in a beautifully renovated house with wooden floors next to the Law Building. The Institute houses an extensive collection of antique furniture and art and also serves as the Christo Coetzee museum.
ICLA houses staff members from various departments in the Faculty of Law, as well as visitors and post-graduate students. A total of 43 doctoral students are currently registered with ICLA staff members and 30 have completed their doctoral studies. The main focus of ICLA is on international and domestic law in Africa, but it also has a broader focus on international law beyond the borders of the continent.