On Wednesday 25 May 2016, the African Foundation for International Law (AFIL) and the African Association of International Law (AAIL) in collaboration with The Hague Institute for Global Justice convened a High-level Panel Discussion on the theme Africa and the International Court of Justice: Seven Decades On organised as part of the commemorative activities marking the 70th Anniversary of the International Court of Justice.
Professor Georges Abi Saab and Professor John Dugard (ad hoc Judges of the International Court of Justice) reviewed the relationship and interaction that the ICJ has had with Africa in terms of contributions and challenges.
- Professor Abi-Saab is a former ad hoc Judge of the International Court of Justice, a former Judge of the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and Rwanda (ICTR), a former Commissioner of the United Nations Compensation Commission, and former Chairman of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (his term ended in 2008). Professor Georges Abi-Saab taught at the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva) from 1963 to 2000. He is also Honorary Professor at Cairo University’s Faculty of Law and a Member of l’Institut de droit international.
- Professor John Dugard is a South African barrister, practicing international law and international criminal law in the Netherlands. Since 2000 he has served intermittently as Judge ad hoc of the International Court of Justice. He was professor of law at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and University of Leiden. From 1995 to 1997 Professor Dugard was Director of the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law, Cambridge. Professor Dugard has been a member of the UN International Law Commission. In 2001 he was appointed as Chair of the UN Human Rights Inquiry Commission to Investigate Violations of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and from 2001 to 2008 he was UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.