American Bar Association
Section of International Law: Africa Committee

Section of International Law:
Africa Committee

Mission Statement

The geographic scope of this committee encompasses all countries and regional institutions in Africa. In addition to fostering increased professional dialogue and efforts for legal professionals with interest in and ties to the continent, the Committee is tasked with looking at legal reform, exploring special opportunities for investment that have recently emerged in various countries, and highlighting, inter alia, the prospect for economic and business development in the region. Regional integration and harmonization of laws have been of particular interest and importance for this committee.

Message From The Chairs

Welcome to the website of the Africa Committee. We are one of the most active committees in the ABA's Section of International Law with members in a variety of fields including public interest, private practice, and academia. What brings us together is a shared interest in developing new programs and ideas relevant to the nexus between African Affairs and international law. Examples of common interest areas include the rule of law, international development, international investment and trade, good governance, and capacity building. The Committee sponsors many programs at the Section’s seasonal meetings, as well as facilitates networking with legal practitioners across the world.

We look forward to a growing and vibrant membership. We particularly invite students and young lawyers to get involved in the Committee. There are several opportunities for involvement which include participating in the Africa Committee Internship Program, and contributing to the widely read Africa Law Today.

We count on all the membership to participate in our monthly discussions, to post on our LinkedIn page, to write article and generally make your voices heard. Remember the AC is for all of us, and our success depends on your participation!

Awards and Recognitions

2013 – 2014

Outstanding Policy Committee Award - Report & Recommendation on Anti-Homosexuality Laws - joint recipient with the Gender Identity Issues Network (GIN) Committee.

2012 – 2013

Outstanding Newsletter - Africa Law Today

Outstanding Year in Review Contribution

Outstanding Use of Social Media

Outstanding Outreach Efforts - Outreach Survey/Development of Africa Lawyer Directory

Most Improved Committee

Unsung Member Award - Adejoké Babington-Ashaye

2011 – 2012

Best Use of Social Media

2010 – 2011

Outstanding Committee (highest honor from the Section) Best Use of Listserv - Honorable Mention Outstanding Year-in-Review Contribution - Honorable Mention Best Website - Honorable Mention

2009 – 2010

Best Stand-Alone Program - Roland Abeng (Good Governance in Cameroon)

Best Use of Listserv

2008 - 2009

Best Committee - Honorable Mention

Best Use of Listserv - Honorable Mention

Best Project - Russ Kerr and Robert Alsdorf (Books for Africa)

2007 - 2008

Special Achievement Award - Salli A. Swartz, Edna Chinyere Udobong (ILEX Trip to West Africa)

Unsung Hero Award - Edna Chinyere Udobong

Join Us



Mbaku, John
Siwingwa, Emilia


Bodley, Anne
Madubuko, Obiamaka
Rameau, Rose


Fiadjoe, Yvonne

Committee Roster  

Africa Law Today - Quarterly Newsletter

Archived copies of the Africa Committtee Newsletter - Africa Law Today

Committee Conference Calls

Upcoming Programs and Events

Section Events

Committee Conference Call Minutes

Committee Materials

Modified by Adam Vogel on October 7, 2015

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