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Workshop: Access to Justice in Burundi

Access to Justice in Burundi: The Contribution of Non-state Dispute Resolution Mechanisms in Enhancing Access to Justice in Burundi

19th September 2018, Arnold Bergstraesser Institute, Windausstraße 16, 79110 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany


13:30–14:00: Arrival and Registration of participants
14:00–14h10: Words of Welcome:
14:10-14:35: Dr. Aimé-Parfait Niyonkuru: Legal Pluralism and Access to Justice: The Undervalued Role Of Informal Justice Structures And The Customary Law In Access To Justice in Burundi
14:35-15:00: Dr. Didace Kiganahe: Making Non-State Justice Comply With Human Rights Standards. Is The Challenge Surmountable In Today’s Burundi?
15: 00-15:25: Coffee Break
15:25-15:50 Dr. Bernard Ntahiraja: Should Non-State Justice Have A Place In The Burundi Criminal Justice? What Would Be The Impact In People’s Access To Justice?
15:50-16:50  Roundtable discussion with the panel
16:50-17:00 Closing Words
17:30: Reception

Speakers and proposed topics

Dr Didace Kiganahe holds a Ph.D in Laws from the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven, 1992). He is currently an international consultant in Law and institutional reforms (Brussels, Belgium). Prior to that, Dr. Kiganahe was a member of the Burundi Truth and Reconciliation Commission. After a brief After a brief career as lecturer at the National University of Burundi (Université du Burundi), Dr. Kiganahe occupied several high positions in politics (e.g. Minister of  Justice, Minister of Good Governance and Deputy speaker of the National Assembly).

Dr. Aimé-Parfait Niyonkuru (Ph.D in Law, KU Leuven, 2016) is a lecturer at the University of Burundi. Since October 2013, he is an accredited lawyer with the Burundian Bar Association (BBA). Since February 2017, he is a Phillip Schwartz Fellow at the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute in Freiburg, Germany.

Bernard Ntahiraja holds a Ph.D in Laws from the Katoliek Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven, 2018). He is currently a lecturer and researcher at the Faculty of Law at the University of Burundi. In 2012 he did his Masters in International Law and Dispute Resolution (MA in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes) with the United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE) in San Jose, Costa Rica. Ntahiraja also an LL.M in Human Rights and Peaceful Conflict Resolution from the UNESCO-University of Burundi.

Participation in the workshop is free of charge. Please register here: conferences.abi[at]abi.uni-freiburg.de