CTI workshop on drafting anti-torture laws for common law African States

The CTI, in partnership with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and REDRESS, will hold a workshop on legislative drafting for anti-torture laws for common law African States. The workshop will be held in Entebbe, Uganda, on 12-14 September 2017.

The workshop is designed as a follow-up to the CTI regional seminar on “Promoting the implementation of the UN Convention against Torture and the Robben Island Guidelines: the obligation to criminalise torture” hosted by the Government of Ghana in Accra in April 2016. The regional seminar brought to the fore a number of challenges for sub-Saharan African States in relation to legislative reform around torture. In line with one of CTI’s key priorities to support States in adopting or amending national laws to align them with the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT), the forthcoming technical workshop aims to respond to specific State requests for the sharing of additional expertise on legislative drafting techniques and anti-torture legislative frameworks.

The workshop will support senior officials from relevant government departments, law reform commissions or parliamentarians from up to 12 common law sub-Saharan African States that are in the process of adjusting their existing laws or drafting new anti-torture laws, or that may otherwise benefit from the expertise and knowledge on offer.

The overarching objective of the workshop is to continue the dialogue and cooperation among common law States in sub-Saharan Africa with a view to advancing legislative reforms to better implement UNCAT and other international and African anti-torture instruments.

The workshop will provide an opportunity to:

  • discuss the elements that are needed to construct comprehensive anti-torture legislation and to share and examine in detail examples of various national anti-torture laws;
  • explore some successful approaches to adopting national anti-torture laws;
  • practice the technical skills of legal drafting in the context of torture prevention and redress and to receive feedback from an experienced drafter;
  • obtain one-on-one advice from experts in the field.

The meeting will be conducted in English under the Chatham House Rule of non-attribution to encourage and foster open and frank exchanges and learning.

The workshop is by invitation only.