The African Union: Legal and Institutional Framework

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The African Union: Legal and Institutional Framework

Abdulqawi A. Yusuf and F. Ouguergouz

This work is an introduction to the origins, law and institutions of the African Union (AU). It examines the evolution, structures, legal standards and operational activities of this Pan-African organization, which replaced the Organization of African Unity (OAU) 10 years ago. Although the AU came into being in 2001, so far there is no comprehensive work which addresses the institution, its organs and structures, the scope of its operations, its legal framework and the normative standards underpinning its objectives and functions or those underlying the conventions, charters and protocols it has enacted or inherited from its predecessor, the OAU. It is the aim of this work to fi ll that void. It has been conceived as a manual, and not as a scholarly treatise, so as to serve as a basic introduction to the institutional and legal framework of the AU and its affi liated organizations. It is meant to o er a concise and clear picture of the nature and workings of a continental institution aimed not only at promoting peace and unity in Africa but also at ensuring human security, development, human rights protection and good governance for the peoples of Africa.

About the authors

Abdulqawi A. Yusuf is a Judge at the International Court of Justice, The Netherlands. He holds a Ph.D. in international law, IUHEI, Geneva and is a member of the Institut de Droit International. He is a former Legal Adviser to various intergovernmental organizations, including UNESCO and UNIDO, the founder and General Editor of the African Yearbook of International Law, and author of numerous publications on international legal matters.

Fatsah Ouguergouz is a Judge at the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights (Arusha, Tanzania) and was United Nations Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Burundi. He holds a Ph.D. from the IUHEI in Geneva. He is a founding member and former Executive Director of the African Foundation for International Law (The Hague), as well as Associate Editor of the African Yearbook of International Law. He occupied various positions within the United Nations System, including at the International Court of Justice (The Hague) and is the author of numerous publications on international legal issues

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