Established in 1971 as a non-governmental organization for the purpose of uniting individual lawyers and national legal associations in Africa, the African Bar Association (AFBA) was created by a group of progressively-minded lawyers as a federation of national legal associations, corporate and unincorporated legal entities and individual lawyers.

The Association seeks amongst other objectives to foster exchange of opinions and experiences among members, formulation of policies that would better reposition the continent’s socio-economic and political development and advancement with the law as the bedrock for these developments, and lastly breaking new legal frontiers. The Association brings together the five African sub-regional Lawyers, their respective National Associations spread over the AFBA continent.

The African Bar Association’s headquarters is situated in Abuja with a temporary functional office in Lagos, Nigeria.

The AFBA organizational structure consists of a 64 member Governing Council called the African Bar Council and the Executive Committee. These two arms form the highest decision making organs of the Association.

In order to further reach out to all members in the various member states, the AFBA recommends the creation of national committees in each member state.

Mission Statement

“TO BE THE REGIONAL VOICE OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION IN AFRICA, BRINGING TOGETHER THE BRIGHTEST MINDS IN THE WORLD FOR THE BETTERMENT OF AFRICA.”