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African Human Rights Case Law Analyser

By: Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa, Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems

The African Human Rights Case law Analyser (CLA) is a joint project of the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) and Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems (HURIDOCS). Its principal aim is to promote human rights in Africa by filling the information lacuna on the African Human Rights System using the most intuitive and research friendly information systems to provide free access to the most comprehensive multilingual collection of African human rights case law.

The CLA goes beyond simply listing case law but offers effective tools for its high quality analysis. The CLA is unrivaled in its research friendly innovations, among which are:

• it highlights primary case law so the uninitiated user easily finds relevant information;
• it automatically computes jurisprudential rank of each decision by calculating the number of citations;
• it provides easy browsing experience;
• it allows the researcher to simultaneously read a decision and the text of all law and case law authorities cited in it by loading all these texts within the same reading pane. We call this unique feature “inline loading”;
• it allows researchers to save their research by singing-up and maintaining their own private account, just like on Yahoo or Gmail.

Through this personal account, researchers can bookmark interesting decisions and paragraphs, and annotate them with either private of public comments.