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Towards a class action under Rwandan law

Evode Kayitana


Among the recipients of the right to access to justice are groups of individuals who have been injured by the same defendant through a similar and single action. The current approach to ‘standing’ under Rwandan law of civil procedure makes it impossible for some or many of the members of such group to access the courts and have their grievances heard. This article suggests that this problem can be overcome by introducing a class action procedure and the conditions and modalities under which it could be exercised.

Keywords: class action, access to justice, Rwandan civil procedure