The African Human Rights Case Law Analyser is an online database that was developed by the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) with support from HURIDOCS. It provides access to human rights decisions made by regional mechanisms, including:

  • African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
  • African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child
  • African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights
  • ECOWAS Community Court of Justice
  • SADC Tribunal
  • East African Court of Justice

You can search for specific cases by different filters, such as country, keyword, article violated, type of document and outcome, as well as find information about different charters, treaties, conventions, protocols and more.

The database is available in three languages: French, English and Portuguese.

Making human rights jurisprudence more research-friendly

Case law research is a crucial part of winning a case. Litigators need to be able to browse court decisions easily and quickly, as well as see how decisions are interlinked. However, the reality of available tools means that it can be a challenge to undertake these fundamental searches.

HURIDOCS helped IHRDA address this issue by launching the African Human Rights Case Law Analyser in 2010. Today, human rights jurisprudence remains as important as ever, and we continue to work closely with IHRDA to make improvements to the database.