We are an extension of the IARMJ: The International Association Refugee and Migration Judges. The association seeks to foster recognition that judges have a role in determining issues around migration law such as handling refugee status, complementary protection as well as rights and obligations. In this role, judges are required to consider core principles of the international rule of law such as human rights law and practice, international humanitarian law and concepts of human dignity and human security.
The association also ensures that judges safeguard the protection from being persecuted on account of race, religion, nationality, membership of particular social group or political opinion is an individual right established under international law. It also ensures that the determination of of refugee status and its cessation and exclusion should be subject to the international rule of law.
Within the African Chapter of the IARMJ, we apply these fundamental principles of the association in our own efforts to provide training in refugee law decision making to judges through hosting workshops, chapter conferences and a bi-annual world conference. The Africa Chapter seeks to further the objectives of the association, through the co-operation and the exchange of information and expertise on asylum and refugee law, procedures and decision-making among states in Africa. There are five countries represented under the Anglophone African Chapter: South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Tunisia and Morocco.