Module 6: Litigating Digital Rights Cases in Africa
Regional and continental legal fora are increasingly becoming high-opportunity targets for litigating rights issues across the continent, including digital rights. They provide an alternative forum in cases where domestic remedies are insufficient and have demonstrated their willingness to defend the principles of information rights against powerful state parties. While enforcement and compliance remain challenges in these courts, progress is being made in raising awareness among the public about their operations and decisions as well as in finding innovative ways to leverage positive judgments beyond enforcement. As digital rights issues become increasingly prominent in Africa, it is important for activists and lawyers to understand how to take advantage of the opportunities posed by regional courts to advance public interest litigation, and how to support such litigation with effective advocacy, capacity-building, and public outreach.