This Organ is in charge of civil matters particularly
with regards to the protection of human rights and consolidation of
good governance in Africa. It will serve as a veritable Criminal Court
for the Continent. The African Court of Justice was merged with the
African Court of Human and People’s Right to become what is now known
as “The African Court of Justice and Human Rights”. The merging was
done during the African Union Summit of Heads of State and Government
on 1st July 2008 in Sharm El Sheikh, Arab Republic of Egypt. It is acting as a jurisdiction in charge of legal matters of the African Union.
Functions of the African Court of Justice
a) Collect documents and undertake studies and researches on human and peoples’ rights matters in Africa;
b) Lay down rules aimed at solving the legal problems relating to human and peoples’ rights;
c) Ensure protection of human and peoples’ rights; and
d) Interpret all the provisions of the Charter.