International Affiliations

The Law Society of South Africa is a member of and/or plays an active role in the following organisations:

SADC Lawyers Association (SADCLA)
The LSSA was one of the founding members of the SADCLA in 1999. Max Boqwana and Noxolo Maduba represent the LSSA on the SADCLA Council.
The LSSA will be co-hosting the SADCLA annual conference and general meeting with the SADCLA in Cape Town from 17 to 20 August 2016.

Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU)

The LSSA became a member of PALU in 2016. It will be co-hosting the PALU Annual Conference in Durban on 4 to 8 July 2017.

BRICS Legal Forum

The LSSA participated in the BRICS Legal Forum in Brasilia, Brazil in 2014, in Shanghai, China in 2015 and in India in 2016. The 2017 forum will be held in Russia.

International Bar Association (IBA)
The LSSA is represented on the Council of the IBA by Ms Tshepo Shabangu. The LSSA has presented a number of initiatives with the IBA including the conference of the IBA African Regional Forum in Cape Town in March 2010 and the IBA Conference in Durban in 2002.

Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA)
The LSSA is represented on the Council of the CLA by David Bekker. The LSSA hosted the CLA’s 18th Commonwealth Law Conference in Cape Town in April 2013.

National Bar Association
The LSSA supports the participation of the Black Lawyers Association in its American counterpart, the National Bar Association.

International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL)
The LSSA supports the participation of the National Association of Democratic Lawyer in its international counterpart, the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. Port Elizabeth attorney Max Boqwana is a member of the IADL Council.