NOV 2010

Workshop papers published in ESR Review

The draft principals and guidelines on economic, social and cultural rights of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights are now in place. The ANCL made these draft guidelines the focus of a workshop held from 8-9 September 2010. Papers presented at that workshop have been published in a Special Issue of the ESR Review. Collectively, they offer an overview, albeit an incomplete one, of the protection and enforcement of socio-economic rights in Africa today. The publication of this issue of the ESR Review was also made possible with financial assistance from the African Network of Constitutional Lawyers’ (ANCL) Working Group on Social and Economic Rights in Africa, which is in turn funded by the Ford Foundation.

The issue of the ESR Review is attached in PDF Format.

ESR Review November 2010


The ESR Review is published by the Socio-economic Rights Project of the Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape. Visit their website here.


Tracking progress in the protection of socio-economic rights in Africa: Workshop in Cape Town



The ANCL working group on social and economic rights in Africa hosted a busy and valuable day-long workshop on 8 September 2010 in Cape Town.


The workshop focussed on the African Commission’s draft guidelines on the economic, social and cultural rights in the African Charter. Discussion focussed on the implementation of socio-economic rights across the continent in lusophone, anglophone and francophone Africa and covering the regions of Southern, North, East and West Africa. Very enlightening insights were made ranging from lack of socio-economic rights training in many regions, the role of sustainability in realising socio-economic rights and the need for incorporation of African jurisprudence into the Commission’s draft principles and guidelines.

The working group will build on the ideas and lessons that emerged from the workshop at next year’s annual conference in Rabat, Morocco.