Case Law Analyser

The African Human Rights Case law Analyser (CLA) is a joint project of the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) and Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems (HURIDOCS). Its principal aim is to promote human rights in Africa by filling the information lacuna on the African Human Rights System using the most intuitive and research friendly information systems to provide free access to the most comprehensive multilingual collection of African human rights case law.

CLA functions

The CLA goes beyond simply listing case law but offers effective tools for its high quality analysis. The CLA is unrivalled in its research friendly innovations, among which are:it highlights primary case law so the uninitiated user easily finds relevant information;

  • it automatically computes jurisprudential rank of each decision by calculating the number of citations;
  • it provides easy browsing experience;
  • it allows the researcher to simultaneously read a decision and the text of all law and case law authorities cited in it by loading all these texts within the same reading pane. We call this unique feature “inline loading”;
  • it allows researchers to save their research by singing-up and maintaining their own private account, just like on Yahoo or Gmail. Through this personal account, researchers can bookmark interesting decisions and paragraphs, and annotate them with either private of public comments.

The CLA was launched on November 8 2010 in Banjul, The Gambia, at the NGO Forum before the 48 ACmHPR Ordinary Session by the Chair of the ACmHPR, Me Reine Alapini-Gansou in the presence of attending human rights defenders as well as a member of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Justice El Hadji Guissé. 

The work on the CLA is ongoing and heartily welcome your comments, critique, complaints and notifications of any errors on the system which we will endeavour to redress as soon as possible.

Project partners
IHRDA is a pan-african non-governmental organisation that works to promote awareness of human rights in Africa and improve the effectiveness. We envision a continent where all have access to justice, using national, African and international human rights law and mechanisms. Summarised in three key words - DEFEND, EDUCATE, INFORM - IHRDA works by advising and representing (pro bono legal counsel) victims of human rights abuses in Africa, training human rights defenders in Africa on the African Human Rights System and how to use its mechanisms to seek justice for victims of violations and publishing and distributing information on the African Human Rights System. Thus, we demonstrate that the use of the African human rights instruments and mechanisms provides an important avenue for securing human rights and reparation.

IHRDA is the content partner in the CLA project and brings to the project the longest experience in compiling and publishing volumes of ACmHPR case law. Since 1999, IHRDA has published compilations of ACmHPR decisions, and its compilations are now available in two volumes (1994-2001 and 2002-2007). IHRDA remains the sole publisher of exhaustive, edited and indexed compilations of ACmHPR case law.

HURIDOCS specialises in developing information technology solutions specifically addressing the documentation needs of human rights organisations. Among HURIDOCS’ exceptional achievements is a human rights violations documentation software called Open Events Systems that is free to download at As a result of capacity building work for OSI grantees from the former Soviet Union (for the HRGGP and Information programmes) HURIDOCS have also developed the prototype for an innovative, efficient and remarkably user friendly IT solution for online management of court cases, including the built-in capacity to research internal and external case law. The prototype solution, called “Case Box” is available at: