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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.


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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