Prof. Mpoy-Kamulayi expressed the idea in June 2000 at the World Bank Global Conference on Comprehensive Legal and Judicial Reform, to establish a grassroots networking organization as a means to foster collaboration among participants in the administration of justice in Africa.

In 2001, he worked with the then Chief Justice of Nigeria, the Honorable Justice Muhammadu Lawal Uwais, to produce the All-Africa Conference on Law, Justice and Development (ACLJD); it was held in Abuja, Nigeria in February 2003. However, the momentum generated by the successful outcome of the ACLJD was stalled and subsequent endeavors to structure and formalize CJPA came to standstill.

Upon his retirement from the World Bank in July 2012, Prof. Mpoy-Kamulayi renewed his drive to bring to fruition the cause he had committed himself to at the World Bank Conference of 2000. On December 12, 2013, he managed to incorporate the Coalition of African Jurists (CAJ) as a US nonprofit corporation under the laws of the District of Columbia. The name was subsequently changed from Coalition of African Jurists to Coalition for Justice and Peace in Africa (CJPA) to reflect adequately CJPA’s broad scope as a grassroots organization opened to all peoples of goodwill who are interested to advance peace and sustainable development by supporting efficient functioning of law and justice delivery systems throughout Africa.