The African Bar Association (AFBA) was Established in 1971 as a professional body uniting individual lawyers and national legal associations in Africa. She was designed to be a federation of national legal associations, corporate and unincorporated legal entities, and individual lawyers.
Membership benefits of the African Bar Association
- Access to African Legal Fraternity and networking opportunities with over 2,000 Lawyers.
- Opportunity to obtain referrals from Clients within and outside Africa and from International, Groups affiliated or in partnership with AFBA.
- Reduced Conference fees for AFBA and Partners across the Globe and access to conference literature.
- Access to African Legal Systems and Literature.
- Access to African Business entrepreneurs co-ordinated by the AFBA Business roundtable Committee.
- Limitless tourism opportunities
- Recommendations to obtain international travel documents and Business.
- Improved Law practice through Continuing Legal Education and opportunities to Speak at Conferences, seminars, and international meetings.
- Opportunity to partake in the AFBA International pension plan, insurance scheme.
- Listing in the African Bar List of practicing Lawyers and Law firms in Africa, et.c
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the membership year last?
Annual membership runs from 1st January to 31st December. Those joining in September will receive membership benefits for the remainder of the year for free and the new year as well. That is, up to 16-month membership.
General Membership includes membership of the AFBA, one committee and one sub-regional forum. Any additional committee in the LPD or SPPID or Subregional fora (forum) can be purchase at $25 (Twenty five dollars). Membership shall be opened to any member of AFBA subject to the satisfactory completion of application form.
Do I get a membership certificate?
No, we do not normally give a membership certificate upon registration, but they can be purchased for an administrative fee of $15 (fifteen US Dollars). Membership number and card are given upon registration.
Do I get a membership card?
Upon registration membership cards will be made available within a month of processing your application and the same may be forwarded to your address at a fee of $15 USD (Fifteen Dollars).
How do I Pay?
You can pay online by credit or debit card, cheque, bank transfer, or cash at AFBA events. Our POS machines are also available for payment at designated areas and at our offices.
Can members sign up to conferences online?
Yes, new members will be sent login details by email. When you receive them you will be able to go to the “My AFBA” area of the website where you can sign up to conference purchase, AFBA products, pay or check the status of your payment.
Members who are unable to make online payment will not be able to register for the conference online and will be required to complete a hard copy registration form.
Is the membership invoice pro-rated?
No, the AFBA membership runs from 1st January to 31st December and it is not pro-rated.
Are any conference included in the membership price?
No, you are not invited to any free conferences as a part of your membership package. But as a member, you can receive a significant discount on AFBA conference fees. ( Subject to conclusions)
How do I find out my AFBA membership number?
Your membership number will be sent to you in a welcome email. It will also be displayed on your membership card. You may contact AFBA for your membership details.
What benefits do I get as an AFBA member?
Does AFBA Membership entitle me to law practice within the African Continent?
Being a member of the AFBA does not entitle you to practice law in any jurisdiction. The AFBA is a non-regulatory body.
Do I need proof of qualification?
We would not normally ask for proof of qualification unless circumstances require the same.
Is membership renewable?
Yes. Renewal is required in January of each year for the duration of 12 (twelve) months.
Do I get a discount if I register more than one lawyer from the same firm?
If a significant number of lawyers from your firm wish to become members of the AFBA, your firm may want to consider joining as a Group Member firm. For further details please see www.afribar.org/group-membership.
By choosing a free regional forum as a part of my membership, am I entitled to attend one of the regional conferences for free?
No, your membership does not entitle you to attend any regional conference for free.
The word ‘Forum” can often be misinterpreted to mean a conference. When the word “forum” is used by the AFBA Forum is a committee set up to represent the interest of members practicing on or with links to a particular sub-region or group.
How do I change my personal details?
“My AFBA online” offers you an easy way to update your personal details online. Alternatively, you can email and inform us of your new contact details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I pay a discounted rate for my membership?
The fee payable are subsidized, however, discounted rates are available for full-time academic judges, government lawyers, retired lawyers, and lawyers from low-income countries.
There are two (2) types of Membership Categories
Full Membership includes membership of the AFBA and two (2) committees from the Legal practice division and the SPPID. Full membership also allows for members of the sub-regional Forum. Any additional committee in both division or sub-regional fora can be purchased at USD $25 (Twenty Five Dollars) or at local currency equivalent.
General Membership includes membership of one committee and one sub-regional forum of the AFBA. Any additional committee in the LPD or SPPID or sub-regional forum can be purchased at USD $25 (Twenty five dollars). Membership shall be open to any member of AFBA subject to the satisfactory completion of a membership application form.