At the initiative of Algeria, the African Union adopted at the fifteenth session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government held from 25 to 27 July 2010 in Kampala, Uganda, the decision to create a African Constitutional Justice space.
The creation of this space meets a imperative: bring together the African mechanisms of constitutional justice in a continental area to enable them to participate in the domain that is theirs, promotion and dissemination of universal values and principles of state law, democracy and human rights, enshrined in the preamble to the Constitutive Act of the African Union.
A preparatory meeting bringing together the presidents of constitutional courts in Africa, held in the sidelines of the Second World Conference on Constitutional Justice held in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) 16 January 2011, Algeria had loaded the driver’s the process of creating that space to term.
Presidents and representatives of the Constitutional Courts and Councils and equivalent institutions in Africa held on 7 and 8 May 2011 at the headquarters of the Constitutional Council of Algeria the congress of the African space Constitutional justice they called ” Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa” (CCJA).
Fifty-two participants (52) representing twenty five (25) African jurisdictions attended the Congress which was enhanced by the presence of His Excellency Mr. Jean PING, Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union and His Excellency Mr. Gianni BUQUICCHIO, President of European Commission for Democracy through Law, better known as the “Venice Commission”.
Opening the work of the Constituent Congress President of the Constitutional Council of Algeria, His Excellency Mr. Boualem BESSAEIH, welcomed the holding of the said Congress, before tracing the process of preparing founding documents … (read speech).
For his part Mr. Jean PING, Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, held that the creation of this space is a major and significant event in the evolution of the continent in that it fills a void and help the state spend of law … (read speech).
During the congress, participants discussed and adopted the Constitutive Act of the Conference and proceeded to the election of the Executive Bureau of the Conference will be chaired for two years by Benin, with the assistance of Mauritania, Gabon , Angola and Sudan, and a secretary general, deputy secretary general and treasurer.
The headquarters of the CCJA is set in Algiers.