By Clementine Nyirangaruye
Advocates from East African Community partner states receives training on good governance and rule of Law where during this training lawyers will have an opportunity to understand what EAC (East African Community) integration is, How the East African Court Of Justice works, it’s mandate and what matters can be filed before the court.
Christine Mutimura, Deputy Registrar, East Africa Court of Justice said the reason why they have organized the training is that a number of advocates do not have a good understanding of how they can use East African Court of Justice.
“This is a training that has been organized by the East African Court of Justice together with the Center of Public Interest Law and the reason why we have organized this training is that we have realized that a number of advocates in the EAC partner states do not have a very good understanding of first of all East African Community, it’s legal instruments but also how they can make use of the East African Court of Justice as the judicial arm of East African Community.” She states.
During this training they discusses issues of residence, access on the court and how Rwandan lawyers can use opportunity of having EAC and their representation of other EAC partner states.
“We’ve had a very good interactions with lawyers from Rwanda a lot of questions have been raised on who can actually file a matter and the issues we had discussed are the issues of residence whether someone who is a resident in Rwanda and someone who is not living in Rwanda can access the court. Rwandan lawyers should be able to look beyond and representing Rwandans companies and be able to represent other nationals who are residents in the EAC partner states” Christine Mutimura added.
Rwanda is the second country that the Center of Public Interest Law in partnership with East African Court of Justice comes to for the training after to be conducted in Tanzania next training will be conducted in Kenya, Uganda, and Burundi and later in the year this training will be conducted in South Soudan and Democratic Republic of Congo.