Welcome to the Eastern Africa Working Group!
Our primary focus will be to monitor, research, and address legally significant issues that impact the nations of Eastern Africa. For our purposes, those nations include Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Given that the issues impacting lawyers, judges, students, academics, and others in the region differ greatly than those in other parts of Africa, we intend on taking a very localized approach in our work. We will be working very closely with law societies such as the East Africa Law Society and the Law Society of Kenya, the local bar associations, law schools, regional organizations, and local training organizations to address the needs that both those in-country as well as those on the Working Group are willing and able to act upon. Some of these issues include subject-specific capacity building, improvement of legal processes, role of legal associations in governance, trade harmonization, analysis of pending and introduced legislation, advising on developing areas of law, and enhancing the overall legal framework and skill base in the region.
However, none of this can be done without your help. We welcome any and all suggestions on how we can go about accomplishing this mission, as well as feedback on the projects we are currently working on. If you would like to comment or need general information about the Working Group's work, feel free to contact us at any time.
Welcome and I look forward to working with you!