CAIRO, 20 February 2021 – A preparatory meeting is underway Friday in Cairo, Egypt, ahead of the fifth high-level African constitutional conference scheduled for later this year.

The conference is scheduled for July 2021 in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

Egypt's President Sisi - Photo GNV Magazine

Egypt’s President Sisi – Photo GNV Magazine

It will bring together the heads of African constitutional courts, supreme courts, and constitutional councils, according to Chancellor Said Marcel, the head of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC).

The conference will be held in Cairo under the auspices of Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

One of the main topics to be debated at the upcoming conference is “eJustice in Africa since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic”.

Cairo launched the annual conference in 2017, as part of its efforts to upgrade the litigation system and its role in society across Africa.

Several African states have implemented democratic and liberal constitutional reforms during the last two decades. Regime change, the ending of decades of autocratic rule, and the emergence of independent courts are among the important changes produced by these reforms.

Egypt Launches First Online Judicial Platform - Photo Egypt International

Launch of First Online Judicial Platform – Egypt International

The annual conference is organized in recognition of the fact that Africa’s “constitutional moment” will not come until Africans themselves bring it along with the scholarly attention it deserves.

Experts have long argued that most African nations lie outside the mainstream of contemporary comparative constitutional discourse, hampered by the enormous shortcomings in the region’s “constitutionalism revival”.

Participants to past conferences have focused on helping African constitutional scholars map out a new era for the continent, away from what they call Africa’s post-colonial history of “constitutions without constitutionalism”.

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