|Outside the courthouse|
It was a bit of a historic moment (albeit somewhat boring listening to a 45 minute judgment declaring essentially that they determined they had no jurisdiction on the case). Even so, the idea that the panel exists here is great. Later in the afternoon, we came back to the court building and we were able to have a meeting with the President of the Court. He is a native of Burundi but now serves full-time on the court. He was very gracious. He spent more than an hour talking to us and answering questions for our group, and then he had dinner prepared for us there in the court building.
|With the advocates before the proceedings|
|Group shot with the President (beside Gretchen)|
|Philip meeting the President of the Court|
In between the trial verdict and dinner with the President, we went back into Arusha. We visited a place called the Africafe. It was a really cool coffee shop/restaurant in the city center that was filled with ex-pats and a variety of international tourists and visitors. I had African fish & chips, but for dessert, they had chocolate cake. I have never been so excited to see chocolate cake :-)
After lunch, we visited the artisan market. The market was very interesting. As soon as we piled out of the van, we were virtually attacked by vendors selling their wares. There were a lot of really cool local crafts and people were sitting around carving things out of wood and making things out of beads. Again, everything is a negotiation. The haggling wears me out, but its all part of the experience.
|Stefan does not want to meet the President|