Saturday, March 5th Program:

The conference on Saturday, March 5th will feature an exhibit, “Children’s Rights in Africa” curated by Professor Monica Patterson in collaboration with students from her Advanced Topics seminar, “History of the African Child.”

8:45 – 9:00am: Brief Opening and Introductions: Addresses by Directors, Carleton IAS & HRREC Ottawa U.

9:00 – 10:15am: Panel 1: Human Rights in Africa and African Human Rights: Retrospective and Perspective

Moderator: Audra Diptee (Associate Professor of History, Carleton University)


  • Meredith Terretta (Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 2015-16, and Associate Professor of History, University of Ottawa) “Human Rights and Long Distance Activism in 20th Century Africa: Historical Necessities and Contingencies”
  • Bonny Ibhawoh (Professor of History; Acting Associate Vice-President (Research), McMaster University), “Africa and the “Invention” of Human Rights”

10:15-10:45am – Coffee Break

10:45-12:00pm – Panel 2: Development and Human Rights in Africa

Moderator: Aboubakar Sanogo (Assistant Professor of Film Studies, Carleton University)


  • Lazare Ki-Zerbo (Vice Chairman, International Joseph Ki-Zerbo Committee for Africa and the Diaspora), “Idéal panafricain et droit humains”
  • Felix Horne (Senior Researcher for East Africa, Human Rights Watch) “Human Rights Impacts in Development: Lessons from Ethiopia”

12:00-1:30pm – Lunch Break/Remarks

Pacifique Manirakiza (Associate Professor of Law, University of Ottawa; Member of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights), “Human Rights in Africa: Role, Contribution and Challenges of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights”

1:30-2:15pm – Panel 3: Alternative Approaches to Human Rights and Criminal Law in Africa

Moderator: Olabisi Akinkugbe (Assistant Professor of Law, University of New Brunswick)


  • Jay Ramasubramanyam (PhD Candidate in Political Economy, Carleton University), “The Right to a Remedy for Environmental Harm under the African Charter: A short analysis on state and individual responsibility”
  • Aboubacar Dakuyo (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Ottawa), “La justice transitionnelle consécutive à l’insurrection populaire au Burkina Faso: entre volonté manifeste de rupture avec le passé et forces retrogrades”

2:15-3:30pm – Panel 4: Human Rights and African Regional Integration Projects

Moderator: Nduka Otiono (Assistant Professor of African Studies, Carleton University)


  • Olabisi Akinkugbe (Assistant Professor of Law, University of New Brunswick), “The Fragmentation and Incoherence of Human Rights in Regional Economic Integration Projects in West Africa”
  • Tag Elkhazin (Adjunct Professor of African Studies, Carleton University), “Rights and Obligations of Communities along Waterways and Infrastructural Projects: Cases along the Lower Nile Basin”

3:30-4pm – Coffee Break

4:00-5:15pm – Panel 5: Health & Human Rights in Africa

Moderator: Amatoritsero Ede (Independent Scholar and Managing Editor, Maple Tree Literary Supplement)


  • Monica Eileen Patterson (Assistant Professor, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, Carleton University), “Children, History, and Healing in a Hospital Museum in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa”
  • Paul Mkandawire (Assistant Professor, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, Carleton University), “Social Dimensions of Mass Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention in Southern Africa”

5:15-5:30pm – Closing Remarks

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