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The Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) is the premier continental membership forum of and for individual African lawyers and lawyers’ associations in Africa, operating from its Secretariat in Arusha, Tanzania. Founded in 2002 by African Bar leaders and eminent lawyers to reflect the aspirations and concerns of the African people and to promote and defend their shared interests. Its membership comprises of the continent’s over five regional lawyers’ associations, over fifty-four national lawyers’ associations and individual lawyers spread across Africa and in the Diaspora, working together to advance the law and the legal profession, rule of law, good governance, human and peoples’ rights and socio-economic development of the African continent.

To realize a united, just and prosperous Africa, built on the rule of law and good governance, PALU has adopted 3 core areas of thematic focus, namely institutional development, development of the legal profession, and the rule of law and good governance.

The strategic goal of the Institutional Development Theme is to build a modern, well-resourced and sustainable Pan African membership organization with optimum institutional capacity to deliver on its mandate. Organizational Development programmes are designed under this theme to aid the building of a Pan African organization with the requisite institutional capacity to provide leadership on the African continent for lawyer-led continental initiatives that contribute towards its organizational vision and mission.

The strategic goal of the Development of the Legal Profession Theme is to develop a competent, effective and independent legal profession in Africa. Programmes and initiatives under this Theme are designed to enhance the professional capacity of individual lawyers and lawyers’ associations, specifically aiming to boost their ability to affect the African society in positive ways. Such initiatives and programmes include enhancement of professional ethics and integrity in the practice of the legal profession, as well as building the capacity of regional and national lawyers’ associations to serve the public interest.

The strategic goal of the Rule of Law and Good Governance Theme is to strengthen the standards of adherence to the just rule of law and good governance in Africa. PALU designs programmes and initiatives under this Theme to strengthen the development and practice of African international law; to build a practice around law, peace and security in Africa; contribute to promotion and protection of human and peoples’ rights in Africa; to contribute to democracy, elections and governance in Africa; and to increase the levels of integrity in Africa’s economic governance.


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