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AFBA Annual Conference 2019



Annual Conference of the African Bar Association

Cairo, Egypt

September 2nd - 5th, 2019

Deadline for submissions of abstracts:  March 31st, 2019

Submissions from women and young practitioners are strongly encouraged

The African Bar Association, (AFBA) is pleased to announce its 2019 conference with the theme:

“Tackling Contemporary Issues Facing The African Continent: How Lawyers Can Drive a Renaissance.”


The African Bar Association, AFBA, was established in 1971 as a professional organisation for uniting individual lawyers and national legal associations in Africa. 

The Association seeks amongst other objectives to use the rule of law as a catalyst for development of Africa and to foster exchange of opinions and experiences among members. AFBA encourages its members to break into new legal frontiers. The Association seeks to bring together lawyers and Bar Associations interested in the development of Africa.  


In the last three conferences, deliberations focused in the main on identifying the    issues surrounding African development and discussing the continent’s future and what it will need to achieve the future Africa and Africans desire. The conferences therefore focused on the following themes: ‘The Rule of Law: Sure Pathway to Africa’s Prosperity’ (Harare Zimbabwe 2016) ‘Dissecting the Legal & Regulatory Framework for Doing Business in Africa.’ (Port Harcourt Nigeria 2017) and ‘Africa's Socio-Economic and Political Future: African Union's Agenda 2063 in perspective (Nairobi Kenya, 2018).

It is now opportune to focus in greater detail on how the issues surrounding African development can be tackled and the role of lawyers in this process. The 2019 AFBA conference is therefore being planned to review this. Lawyers are important members of every society and by their training are well positioned to lead Africa’s renaissance. What should their role be? How can they help to improve lives and secure property on the continent? Are lawyers just concerned with practicing their forensic skills? These and other matters are expected to be addressed at the 2019 Cairo Conference. 

In the light of the above the association Calls for papers dealing with the theme in the following contexts:

  1. a) Immigration: Management of uncertainty, Illegal Immigration & Modern Slavery

         (b) Armed Forces/Security:  Terrorism, Counter Insurgency, Armed Conflict & Military Justice.

         (c) Land Law: Law Reform, Acquisition, Title, Registration Process, Environmental Safety.

         (d) Rule of Law: Human Rights, Judiciary – Transparent Standardized Appointment, Access to Justice, Code of Conduct in Bar and Bench, Court Procedures, A.D.R.

         (e) Aviation & Transportation Law: Safety, Modern Trends, Security, BASA   

         (f) Privacy Law & Data Protection: Modern Trends, Adequate Laws Consumer Protection, Cyber Crimes.

         (g) Oil & Gas Law: Business Development, Modern Trends, Energy Sufficiency, Intra & Inter African Trade.

         (h) Construction Law – Law Practices: Consumer Protection,Agreements, Drafting construction contracts, financing infrastructure, arbitrating construction contract                             disputes   

        (i) Media, Sports & Entertainment Law: New trends, Role of Lawyers, International Agreements.

       (j) International Criminal Law: Strengthening Capacity to punish Crimes against Humanity, Human Rights abuses, Political & Economic Crimes, Cyber Crimes.

       (k) Maritime Law: Hub of Africa’s Economic Power, New Trends, Modern Safety Standards, Crimes,    Admiralty Procedures, Shipping, Aquatic, Agriculture, Rules of Court                & Practices.

(l) Telecommunication Law: Modern Trends, Business Practices, Consumer Protection, Regulation, Financial Services, Technology.

(m) Finance Law: Taxation & Techniques, banking, Investment, Project Finance, Outsourcing new Trends.

(n) Legal Education and Capacity Building: Requirements for and improvements in Legal education; Review conditions for admissions to the various Bars in the Continent; Review rules of conduct in the legal profession;  Tools and skills required to succeed as a lawyer in Africa .

The working languages of the Conference are English, Arabic and French. Submissions are welcome in any of the languages. Only one submission per author will be considered. Submissions from women and young practitioners are strongly encouraged. Kindly send an abstract (300 – 500 words) of the paper including your curriculum vitae as well as passport photo, contact details and institutional affiliation. These materials should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  on or before 31st March 2019.

The African Bar Association will neither pay any honorarium nor pay or reimburse air fare or hotel expenses. Also, successful authors will be expected to pay for the conference registration.

Successful applicants will be notified by April 30th, 2019. The deadline for submission of final papers is June 30th, 2019.  Please note that submitted papers and abstracts may be published; as such authors of abstracts and final papers must ensure that they are original and have not been previously published. By submitting abstracts and/or final papers, the authors agree to transfer their copyrights in the works to the African Bar Association and to execute any document or give further assurances in that regard as may be required.   

Should you have any questions about the conference or the call for papers, kindly contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor feels he is wrongly criticized by those he believes ought to know better about his role in Justice Kabineh Ja’neh’s impeachment trial, but the vocal President of the Bar Association, Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe, insists Chief Justice Korkpor’s role in the proceeding is not constitutionally backed.

At the opening of the March 2019 Term of Court, a ceremony that brings all actors in the Judiciary together, Chief Justice Korkpor being mindful of restriction on his ability to speak on the impeachment proceeding sought to provide some clarity on his role.

He told lawyers, magistrates, judges and other judicial actors, who gathered at the opening on Monday, he is only acting on a constitutional mandate.

“Members of the Bar, ladies and gentlemen, it is no secret this Court is going through a challenging time. We cannot ignore this. The impeachment trial going on at the Legislature involving Mr. Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh, a member of this Court, is unprecedented in the history of our country. To the best of my recollection, no impeachment proceeding in our nation has taken on the form of a full-blown trial before the Senate,” he said.

The Chief Justice said his mandate in the trial is predicated on Article 43 of the Constitution. He said the Liberian Senate tries the proceeding and is the sole judge of whether or not the Justice has committed an impeachable offense.

“We have no doubt that the honorable men and women of the Senate will, at the end of the trial, make a fair and just determination based on the findings,” Chief Justice Korkpor said.

Chief Justice Korkpor added: “The Constitution provides that the trial be conducted in keeping with due process of law. This, I see my role as the presiding officer to ensure that the trial process is in keeping with due process of law as mandated by the Constitution. But I have heard and read, and continue to hear and read many accusations, innuendoes and speculative views about my role in the process. And some of these views are coming from people who ought to know better. As the matter is being tried, I will for now, refrain from making any substantive comments regarding my own role. But I assure that in the end the truth will emerge.”

The African Bar Association also paid a courtesy visit to the Edo State Chief Judge Hon. Justice Esohe Frances Ikponmwen. The chief judge was delighted to welcome the executive council members of the Afba. Members of the afba were introduced to her and she also introduced her allies present at her office. The meeting proceeded with talks bothering on the respect of rule of law and the fishing out the few bad lawyers that stain the noble profession.

At the end of the meeting gifts were exchanged between both parties.

Setting foot on the venue hosting its 27th Excos’ meeting, the African Bar Association thought it wise to pay homage to the Chief Host of the event which happened to be the Vice Chancellor of the prestigious University of Benin.

The meeting started with the introduction of the University of Benin’s executives, in attendance was the Host; Vice Chancellor of the University, his Deputy, Bursar and registrar.

The president of the Afba also went ahead to introduce members of Afba. The afba president Hannibal Uwaifo also thanked the Vice Chacellor Prof. F.F.O. Orunmwense for its contribution to Afba.

Several issues were discussed and above all the Afba was hailed for its fight against corrupt practises a t a continental level.


Join AFBA and become a full member, full membership includes membership of the AFBA and two committess from the legal practices division and the the SPPID. Are you a young lawyer? welcome AFBA also has a plan for you.




Remember to renew to your membership. Annual membership runs from January 1st to December 31st. AFBA advices old members to endavour to renew their membership so they won't fall out of the numerous benefits attached to it.





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