We have been quiet, but busy keeping African legal information ticking and working on a couple of tech projects in the background. Today, we introduce LII-in-a-Box.
Last year AfricanLII developed a set of functional specifications, essentially, documenting a simple, yet standards-oriented, approach to an online legal publication platform. The twist: we aim to make this platform easily deployable even in more resource-constrained circumstances. The platform is called LII-in-a-Box, but is actually an out of the box solution for free access legal publishing. You can read the full fuctional specification here. An exceprt on the rationale of the project reads as follows:
Statement by the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town:
A judicial crisis of serious magnitude has been added to the political fiasco that has gripped Burundi since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his intention to seek re-election for a third term come June 2015. The country’s Constitutional Court’s ruling that the third term bid has constitutional backing has sparked more violent protests and left the political opposition even more entrenched in its resistance to the bid.
Mr Nkurunziza has served two five-year terms as President of Burundi. His first term commenced in 2005 after he was elected by the Parliament. His was elected for a second term by universal suffrage in 2010. However, his decision to run for a third term has been interpreted by the political opposition as a violation of Burundi’s Constitution and the Arusha accords that ended Burundi’s civil war and provided for a power sharing mechanism. On the other hand, Mr Nkurunziza’s supporters argue that there has been no violation of the Constitution because his first term in office came about through an election by parliament, rather than by ‘universal direct suffrage’ as required by the Constitution. Hence, in terms of the Constitution, Mr Nkurunziza’s supporters argue that he is entitled to seek re-election by universal direct suffrage. The Constitutional Court’s ruling upheld this argument.
Submission and research Report compiled by the DGRU on the Judicial Records of Nominees for appointment to the Supreme Court of Appeal, High Court and Land Claims Court to be held from the 13th April to the 17th April 2015 in Cape Town.