Judicial Restructuring and Reform

ILI-ACLE’s effort in supporting the building of legal infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa includes supporting judicial reform and work with justice sectors across the region. ILI-ACLE Judicial restructuring and reform involves ultimately enhancing the functions of a country’s legal system and legal framework, particularly institutions that are vital to the operation of the legal process and upholding of the rule of law. Well-functioning legal systems are essential to Africa’s economic development, the protection of human rights, access to justice and ultimately the rule of law. ILI-ACLE has been engaged with and working with the Bench in numerous jurisdictions for close to two decades.

From a significant contribution in the restructuring of the Judiciary in Lesotho, to training 2,000 judges in Liberia, in addition to promoting south-to-south exchanges between judicial staff from Lesotho, Nigeria, Singapore and Uganda, ILI-ACLE’s commitment to supporting judicial reform includes both long and short engagements.  While ILI-ACLE’s work extends beyond the East African region, countries such as Uganda and Rwanda have called upon ILI-ACLE repeatedly over the decade, demonstrating their confidence in ILI-ACLE’s extensive knowledge, services and understanding of their needs.

Selected Partners and Clients

  • African Development Bank
    Central Bank of Lesotho
  • Danish International Development Agency
    Democratic Governance Facility
  • Department for International Development
  • East African Community
  • East African Court of Justice
  • Investment Climate Facility
  • Governance Secretariat, Ministry of Justice, Zambia
  • Justice Law and Order Sector, Uganda
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Ministry of Justice, Rwanda
  • Ministry of Local Government, Uganda
  • United States Agency for International Development

Key Highlights

  • 2,000 trained judges in Liberia
  • Support to Lesotho’s judiciary over three years
  • South-to-South exchanges between Lesotho, Uganda, Nigeria and Singapore
  • Empowerment of 900 local governance trainers to build capacity of local council courts in more than 45 districts across Uganda
  • Technical assistance in the establishment of the Uganda Commercial Court, the first specialised commercial court on the African continent

Key Participating Countries

  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • USA
  • Zambia

ILI-ACLE experience in judicial restructuring and reform is set forth below:

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