The Hague Academy of International Law and IRIC Organise Workshop

The Hague Academy of International Law and the International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC), have organized working platform under the theme: “International law as an instrument of international solidarity and the fight against global threats in Africa”.

The event started on Friday, 3rd November 2017 and ended on the 10th of November 2017.

The programmed was opened by H.E Lejeune Mbella Mbella, the Minister of External Relations of Cameroon and Professor Jacques Fame Ndongo, the Minister of Higher Education at the campus of the International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC).

The key speakers at the opening ceremony were administrators and experts of the Hague academy and local administrators including the Director of IRIC, as well as Ministers Mbella Mbella and fame Ndongo.

Opening the ceremony, the Director of IRIC, Salomon Eheth welcomed the guests present. He expressed his gratitude for hosting such an enriching programme, and therefore called on all participants to pay keen attention to the presentations that went on. The idea, he explained was that participants present should be able to become the main depositories of the teachings gained during the event.

Mr. Eheth added that: “IRIC is committed to play its full part, in this noble and stimulating activity of the progressive development of international law that, The Hague Academy of International Law is pushing in Cameroon”.

On his part, Professor Jean Marc Thouvenin, the Secretary General of The Hague academy of International law in his key note address highlighted the fact that Africa has shown good faith to International law, by referring to the number of cases Africa has presented before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in order to seek amicable solutions. By this Professor Thouvenin expressed his belief that Africa is on a good footing in confronting international law as an instrument of peace, solidarity and the fight against terrorism.

The Minister of Higher Education Professor Jacques Fame Ndongo in addressing the participants cried out that Africa was in an urgent need of experts of International law as barbarism and terrorism have been sowing solid seeds in the continent. He said: “Peace through law is therefore possible. Provided, however, that the forces does not give way before the law. On conditions also that states recognize the primacy of international law in the pre-eminent role of the United Nations”.

In the case of Professor Yves Daudet, President of Curatorium, he explained that: “I am convinced that the use of law is better than the use of force and I hope that you share my view in this respect. So the specificity of this programme is to look at how the general aim of international law is applicable to specific threats in Africa. We have sub-specific conflicts which are not armed conflicts for example; a disease is a threat to peace with respect to development”.

Speaking afterwards the Minister of External Relations, Lejeune Mbella Mbella added that: “We believe that this programme is going to bring some contribution to the national policy of the head of state in terms of the state of law and also of good governance. Law in every country is one of the key elements that can promote peace everywhere and we are convinced that the course which takes place from the 3rd to the 10th November is very important”. He then declared the event opened.

Subsequent presentations followed up till the 10th of November addressing proposals to enhance respect for international laws and the promotion of peace.


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