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Pan African Lawyers Union Conference: Durban 5 to 8 July 2017

We are pleased to invite you to meet your colleagues from across the African continent at the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) 8th Conference and Triennial General Assembly at the Elangeni/Maharani Hotel in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal from 5 to 8 July 2017. The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) is co-hosting the conference with PALU.

The PALU conference is regarded as the leading platform for African lawyers, bringing together lawyers, lawyer associations, law firms, human rights and good governance professionals.

The overall theme of this year's conference is 'The Legal profession - recapturing its place in society' and 'Securing Africa’s future through the eradication of corruption – the role and responsibilities of lawyers and lawyer associations'.
The conference sessions are divided into three streams:
1. Section on Business Law, which will discuss the most pertinent issues in corporate and commercial law on the continent.
2. Section on Legal Practice, which will analyse the growing opportunities in the legal field for African lawyers and foreign lawyers practising in Africa.
3. Section on Public Interest and Development Law, which will discuss emerging strategies for protecting lawyers, journalists and human rights defenders.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017 Opening ceremony and cocktail 17:00 to 20:00
Responsibilities of Lawyers in Fighting Corruption: Introducing the draft PALU Code of Ethics on Anti-Corruption and Professional Compliance Standards for Lawyers Working in Africa

Thursday, 6 July and Friday, 7 July
Stream 1 topics
illicit Financial Flows in Africa: Accelerating the IFF Agenda
Transfer Pricing and Trade Misinvoicing: Trends and Challenges
Cross Border Insolvency and Debt Recovery in Africa: Case Studies
Reforming Mining Codes using the Africa Mining Vision: Case Studies
Where Did it go and How do we Get it Back? Lessons in Assets’ Recovery
Litigating Grand Corruption: Avenues for Redress
Defending the Whistleblowers: Case Studies

Stream 2 topics
Getting to Equal – Women in the Legal Fraternity
Access to Legal Information and Electronic Legal Research: Presentation by UCT's AfricanLII
Threats to Judicial Independence in the Continent: Challenging Times
Litigation in African International Courts and Tribunals: Current Trends and Jurisprudence
Equal Partnerships: Relationships between Continental, Regional and National Lawyers’ Associations
Management of Lawyers’ Associations: Governing Board vs Management Board
Social Media and the Legal Practitionners: Best Practices to Duplicate and Shorfalls to Avoid

Stream 3 topics
Role of Bar Associations in Democratic Transformations in Africa: Case Studies
Continental Initiatives for the Decriminalisation and Declassification of Petty Offences: Role of Lawyers in Public Interest Litigation
The Current Discourse on ICC Withdrawals: The Role of Lawyers’ Associations
Freedom of Expression and Access to Information: Restrictions and Limitations
AU Action Plan on Africa's Decade on Human and People's Rights: Rationale for Lawyers’ Involvement
Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association: The Shrinking of CSO Space
Transitional Justice in Africa: The Doctrine of Recognition and Immunity of State Officials

Friday, 7 July Plenary (afternoon)
PALU Triennial General Assembly
Closing Ceremony: 10th Anniversary of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governances: What’s next for Africa?

Saturday, 8 July: Lawyers’ golf and soccer leisure events

Registration fee for South Africa lawyers: R4 000
Young lawyers (less than 5 years on the practising roll/law students) can contact PALU to apply for a reduced registration fee: secretariat@lawyersofafrica.org

Payment options
Request a secure payment link by ticking the relevant box on the online registration form after completing the form.
Alternatively, payment by EFT:
Account name: Law Society of South Africa
Bank: First National Bank
Branch code: 251445
Account number: 62352453692
Your reference: PALU + your surname
Upload the proof of payment on the online registration form or e-mail it to LSSA@LSSA.org.za |


Read more about PALU here
Read more about the conference here
Online registration for non-South African lawyers on PALU website here.

If your firm/company is interested in sponsoring the conference e-mail LSSA@LSSA.org.za for more information or download the sponsorship brochure here.
Sponsor a specific session: More information here.