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IBA Africa Regional Forum 2017

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The Law Society recently participated in the IBA Africa Regional Forum conference in Accra, Ghana.

Under the theme of ‘Rising to the Challenge of Africa’s Economic Development – the role of the legal profession,’ the conference brought together bar leaders and lawyers from across Africa.

The Law Society’s Vice-President, Christina Blacklaws, spoke about re-organising bar associations for higher performance of the profession during a bar leaders’ workshop, which also examined the role of bar associations and the future of CLE in Africa.

During the main conference, the Vice-President also participated in a panel discussion on ‘Managing risks and handling the ethical issues arising from legal practice’.

One of the big issues under discussion at the conference was what the future may hold for law firms and legal practice in Africa. Other discussions and sessions included:

  • The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative in West Africa, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, on democracy and political stability as the basis for economic growth and the case of transitional arrangements;
  • Judge Akua Kuenyehia, former first Vice-President and judge of the International Criminal Court, on the future of the Court, democratic governance, human rights and the role of women in development;
  • The challenges of resolving business disputes in Africa, including tackling corruption and reducing court delays; and
  • A young lawyers’ training day on the fundamentals of international legal practice.

The IBA Africa Regional Forum conference takes place every two years. More details about the Forum can be found on the IBA’s website: https://www.ibanet.org/Regional_Fora/Regional_Fora/African_Reg_Forum/Default.aspx

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