East African Court of Justice, Arusha, Tanzania,3rd March, 2024: The Court in collaboration with UNESCO is convening the 2nd Regional Media Training, which will be held at the East African Community (EAC) Headquarters in Arusha – Tanzania, scheduled for 11th to 13th March 2024. The Court convened the 1st regional Media Training in Kampala Uganda, November 2022, that brought together editors and reporters from EAC Partner States.

The overall objective of the media training is to build capacity for the media industry and equip them with knowledge and a deeper understanding of the role of the Court in the EAC Integration agenda; Jurisdiction and functioning of the EACJ; and media professionalism and practices on judicial reporting. The main focus is on the;

  • Media Professionalism and practices in judicial Reporting in relation with the EACJ
  • Obstacles that the media face in Judicial Reporting

The Court as the Judicial arm of the East African Community, its core business is to dispense of quality justice through settlement of disputes; provision of advisory opinions; provision of preliminary rulings; and arbitration and mediation. The Court has identified the media as its key stakeholder in raising the visibility of the Court as well as creating understanding of its mandate among the citizenry of East Africa.

During this training several areas of focus will include;

  • An overview on the East African Community establishment, institutional and legal framework
  • An overview of the East African Court of Justice
  • EACJ Jurisprudence and the impact of its decisions
  • The role of the media in implementation of Court’s decision
  • Introduction to effective editing and reporting on Court matters.
  • Ethics of Court reporting and how to deal with legal dilemmas.
  • Reporting Court proceedings: Constraints to effective judicial reporting & possible measures
  • Case study: Fair and accurate reporting of EACJ Case
  • Practical exercise on Writing/Reporting on EAC Court matter (from initiation of the Case to rendering a decision)

The training will attract editors and reporters from all EAC Partner States different media.

The training will be officiated by the President of the Court Hon. Justice Nestor Kayobera and the UNESCO representatives, heads of East African Law Society (EALS) and Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) and the staff of the Community, will also be in attendance.

About the EACJ

The East African Court of Justice (EACJ or ‘the Court’), is one of the Organs of the East African Community established under Article 9 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community. The Court was established in November 2001, its key mandate is to ensure the adherence to law in the interpretation and application of and compliance with the EAC Treaty. Arusha is the temporary seat of the Court until the Summit determines its permanent seat. The Court’s sub-registries are located in the capitals of the following Partner States: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and United Republic of Tanzania.

For more information please contact:

Christine Mutimura

Deputy Registrar,

East African Court of Justice.

Arusha, Tanzania

Tel: 255-27-2162149

Email: cmwekesa@eachq.org