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The Institute was set up in keeping with the spirit of the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2099 (XX) of December 20, 1965, to contribute towards a better knowledge of international law as a means of strengthening international peace and security and promoting friendly relations and cooperation among States. In addition, it is meant to contribute to strengthening the rule of law both domestically and internationally within the African continent.
Given the increasing impact of international law on political and economic activities on the African continent and specifically the growing role played by international law and the law of the African Union in the municipal legal systems of African States, work towards the establishment of the AIIL was initiated by the African Foundation for International Law, on the proposal of one of its founders, Judge Abdulqawi A. Yusuf of the International Court of Justice.
The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, considering that this Institution will benefit all countries as well as the AU Commission, proposed its establishment (link) to the AU Executive Council at its 20th Ordinary Session (January 23-27, 2012) in Addis Ababa, and the decision (link) to establish it was made by the Assembly of the African Union at its Eighteenth Ordinary Session (January 29-30, 2012) in Addis Ababa. In the same context by Res. 67/91 (link) of January 14, 2013, the General Assembly of the UN took note of the establishment of the AIIL and encouraged the Codification Division of the Office of Legal Affairs to cooperate with the Institute in the implementation of the relevant activities under the Programme of Assistance.
The Headquarters of the AIIL is in Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania, as stipulated in the Seat Agreement (link) signed in Dar es Salaam on March 12, 2013 by Hon. Bernard Kamillius Membe, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Ambassador Sani L. Mohammed, Project Coordinator.
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