PrideInn Paradise Beach Resort & Spa, Mombasa
28 Nov-1 Dec 2018
23rd Annual Conference
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Goals of the conference

The theme for the conference “Continental Free Trade Area: Challenges and Opportunities for the Legal Profession” has been carefully selected to exhaustively debate the recent trends in the continental trade.

About Us

East Africa Law Society is the apex regional bar Association of East Africa jointly founded in 1995 by a group of Lawyers with the support of the leadership of the national Bar Associations of the member states .

EALS Institute

This is an initiative of the East Africa Law Society to promote the profession and build the capacity of lawyers in the region through training. The EALS institute provides world-class training in key areas of practice, governance and other key sectors to spur integration and development. .

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Program

This conference run through all 4 days from 28 Nov - 1st Dec 2018.
Accommodation and price details are provided on this website.
Day 1
26 Nov 2018
Day 2
27 Nov 2018
Day 3
28 Nov 2018
Day 4
29 Nov 2018
Day 5
30 Nov 2018
Day 6
01 Dec 2018

Committee Meetings

Closed Session for committee members

Arrival of Guests

Guests are expected in Mombasa on this day. They will proceed to their preferred accommodation venues. A list of discounted accommodation venues available have been provided on this website.

Council Meetings

Closed session for Council Members

Start date

An invitee only event for the bar leaders.

Leading Law Firms Forum

TThe Leading Law Firms Forum is designed to run concurrently with the In-House Counsel’s Forum. This continues the tradition set during the Joint Retreats in Zanzibar in June 2018 where the need for collaboration between these key constituencies of the society was discussed. The two forums will share some sessions while also focusing on specific interest areas unique to each forum. The need for networking and enhancing professionalism relationship has informed the scheduling of the two events to run together.
Dr. Francis Mangeni
Justice Dr Emmanuel Ugirashebuja
Ms. Sandra Rwamushaija
Willy Rubeya
Amb. Mwanaidi Sinare Maajar
Mr. Richard Mugisha
Dr. James Mworia, CFA

In-House Counsel Forum

The Leading Law Firms Forum is designed to run concurrently with the In-House Counsel’s Forum. This continues the tradition set during the Joint Retreats in Zanzibar in June 2018 where the need for collaboration between these key constituencies of the society was discussed. The two forums will share some sessions while also focusing on specific interest areas unique to each forum. The need for networking and enhancing professionalism relationship has informed the scheduling of the two events to run together.
Justice Dr.Faustin Ntezilyayo
Rodgers Manana
Yufnalis. N. Okubo
Loyce K. BAMWINE
Ms. Nkirote Njiru

Pro bono Legal Service Forum

The pro bono legal service round-table is hosted in partnership with A4ID and involves discussion among bar leaders and executives of the national law societies, law firms and civil societies on the principles of pro bono service.
A4ID

Leading Law Firms Dinner

The joint dinner is designed to promote networking and professional exchanges for effective business. The event features elaborate entertainment, drinks and meals and also honors contributions of the region’s top law firms and corporates. For effective networking, delegates are urged to carry their business cards and institutional profiles.

Young Lawyers Forum

018 has seen us heighten our focus on young lawyers, with deliberate policies designed to address historical challenges faced by this key constituency. We have hosted several mentorship platforms for young lawyers through the year and have designed even more powerful mentorship tools for 2019 and beyond. We facilitated the young lawyers conference in Burundi while gave exclusive training to young lawyers of under 35 years during the inaugural in-person ALSF Academy training in Kigali in October 2018. It is the realization that young lawyers are the future of the profession that informs our deliberate policies of targeted resource mobilization towards activities built for young lawyers. We have also rolled out the EALS Young Lawyers Essay Competition and winners will be recognized during the conference.
Victor Hezekiah Awuora
Mohammed Nyaoga
Hon. Dr. Willy Mutunga, D.jur, SC, EGH
Harriette Chiggai
Dr. Francis Mangeni
Mr. R Santhanakrishnan

Commonwealth Lawyers Association Roundtable

The  regional meeting of  key  leaders related to   the  Commonwealth  Lawyers Association has  been  convened  during  the  23rd  East Africa  Law  Society   Annual Conference  given the  close working relationship between the two  organizations. The  roundtable discussion draws leaders from beyond East Africa and will be  hosted by the President of Commonwealth Lawyers Association, Santhan Krishnan.
Mr. R Santhanakrishnan

Bespoke Training on Trial Advocacy

The bespoke trial advocacy workshop is proudly hosted in partnership with the Conference of Western Attorney Generals, and is designed to complement the Young Lawyers Forum by providing opportunity especially for young lawyers involved in court room trial to learn modern advocacy techniques. The workshop is open to all delegates and shall run for three hours as a breakout session.
Stephen Mwenesi
Sharon Wooden
Alice Lustre

East African Community Focus Roundtable

The   EAC  focus  discussion   will   unveil    the inaugural  EAC  Integration  Index    and   also unveil  the recent study report on  the status of implementation of decisions of the East African Court of Justice.
Gerald Batanda
Justice Dr.Faustin Ntezilyayo
Yufnalis. N. Okubo

Bespoke Training on International Arbitration

The  bespoke workshop on  international arbitration and ADR is hosted in partnership with Bowmans, and is designed to  complement the Young Lawyers’ Forum in providing useful skills to young lawyers and other delegates in the area of international arbitration. Designed to run  for three hours as a breakout session, the workshop discusses A to Z of international arbitration in a simplified manner for professionals.
Emmanuel Butare
Dr. Wilbert Kapinga

Women Lawyers Forum

On 29th November, the conference will see the largest gathering of female lawyers in East Africa discussing unique challenges and opportunities available to women in law in the region.This  year’s  event improves on  the 2017  successful inaugural women lawyers conference and focuses on  the  extractive industry, law  and technology and role   of  women in  professional leadership. The conference provides a unique opportunity for female lawyers across all ages to network, interact, explore and learn from each other and from global experiences. Vamos, mujeres!
Alice Namuli
Sarah Mhamilawa

Extractives Industry: Social Perspectives

Any processes that involve the extraction of raw materials from the earth to be used by consumers. The extractive industry consists of any operations that remove metals, mineral and aggregates from the earth. Examples of extractive processes include oil and gas extraction, mining, dredging and quarrying.
Asmahaney Saad
Aisha Ally Sinda
Pooja Karia

Networking Reception

The  elaborate networking reception serves as the welcoming social   event for  delegates on 29th evening. The cocktail is designed with live band  entertainment,  drinks and  light   meals while   also   granting opportunity  for   one-on- one business discussion among delegates. Other  fun   activities  will  feature.  Delegates are encouraged to  carry   business  cards  for effective exchanges.

Opening Ceremony

The  opening ceremony features elaborate entertainment showcasing Kenya’s culture. The conference opening ceremony will be presided over  by Kenya’s Head of State or his nominee. The  keynote address will be  delivered during the opening ceremony by Dr. Donald Kaberuka, former President of  the African  Development Bank.

Keynote Address

The  opening ceremony features elaborate entertainment showcasing Kenya’s culture. The conference opening ceremony will be presided over  by Kenya’s Head of State or his nominee. The  keynote address will be  delivered during the opening ceremony by Dr. Donald Kaberuka, former President of  the African  Development Bank.
Markus Green
Dr. Donald Kaberuka

Product Launch

The  opening ceremony will  also   feature the launch of the EALS Institute and the E-Institute. The   two   products  have  been  pioneered  by East  Africa Law Society  deliberately in effort to boost capacity of members and governments in  tackling emerging  challenges  especially in international  trade,   international  law,   and justice administration.  The   capacity  building initiatives have been designed to  make use of both in-person and online learning, and shall be  offered affordably to  members and other stakeholders. The opening ceremony will also  feature the launch of EALS Affinity Card,  the unique membership card built  on  NFC technology to  facilitate identification and payment by members. The  card, sponsored by EALS and KCB Bank,  contains discount wallets that enable members to access exclusive discounts across various services while providing easy payment modules. The  card is designed to  complement the functioning of the EALS Institute and E-Institute as it enables members to easily  pay for trainings.

Rule of Law and Good Governance for Effective Cross-Border Trade

African  countries continue to  face  governance and rule   of  law  challenges in  the quest for industrialization  and  development.  The interface of development and good governance is  the focus of  this  thematic  discussion. The session will  feature  keynote address  by  Dr. Willy Mutunga, Retired President of the Supreme Court  of  Kenya and other eminent speakers.
Adv. Allen Gichuhi
Hon. Dr. Willy Mutunga, D.jur, SC, EGH

Transnational Crimes: Challenges to Cross-Border Trade

While cross-border   trade   presents   huge opportunities for local markets, there is always the danger of  wayward elements  exploiting these  markets for   illicit  gains. Cross-border human  trafficking, drugs trafficking, economic crimes and money laundering are all possible opportunities  that  criminals exploit for  gain. Lawyers,  being  key   stakeholders  in   justice administration, require skills to deal with these elements. The session is designed to empower lawyers from private practice, public  service as well as corporations to handle these emerging challenges in their trade. The session is hosted in partnership with the Conference of Western Attorney Generals.
Sharon Wooden
Alice Lustre
Conference of Western Attorneys General

Cross-Border Migration and Movement of Labour for Effective Trade

This an open session that  discusses   the   developments in cross-border    migration   and    explores opportunities and challenges in the area..
Elsie-Michelle Irakoze

Business and Human Rights: Agenda 2063 in Perspective

The business and human rights session is hosted in partnership with Advocates for International Development (A4ID) and is designed to build  capacity of lawyers to explore emerging opportunities in the business and human rights field, traditionally though to be a province of civil societies but now  presenting lucrative business for law firms  and corporations. The discussion will feature updates on global trends, national action plans from East African countries and opportunities for lawyers.
A4ID

Dispute Resolution under Continental Free Trade Area and EAC Common Market

With   the  opening of   the  continental trade there is  the potential source of  business for the legal  profession in  the area of  resolution of commercial and other disputes. The session discusses the dispute resolution regimes under the  pact and  the  relationship with   existing dispute resolution mechanisms in East  Africa. The  session is designed to  tackle the realities of modern trade where disputes are common place and the need to  build   capacity among key   stakeholders  for   effective resolution  of these disputes. The  keynote address  will be delivered by  Justice Dr.  Faustin Ntelizayo, and discussion by other speakers.
Chacha Odera
Elsie-Michelle Irakoze
Justice Dr.Faustin Ntezilyayo

International Trade Law and Policy: Intersection of Continental Free Trade and Regional Economic Pacts

The continental free trade is designed to interface with regional economic blocks. Lawyers, being key stakeholders in disseminating trade policies and knowledge among stakeholders, should be adequately trained on the international trade policies and the interdependence of regional and continental economic pacts. It is such understanding that will promote the use of the EAC Common Market Protocol instruments to advance the free continental trade area agenda. The discussion will feature keynote address by Dr. Francis Mangeni of COMESA among other speakers.
Francis Gimara
Alfred Ombudo K’Ombudo
Dr. Francis Mangeni

Law and Technology – Artificial Intelligence, Intellectual Property Regime for Effective Cross-Border Trade

The  rise  of  artificial intelligence, block chain technology and  complex computing poses challenges as well as opportunities for the legal profession.Viewed  alongside globalization and  increased cross-border interactions,the discussion  on law and  technology features cutting-edge presentations from leaders on the subject. The sessions on law and technology are proudly hosted in  partnership with Microsoft East Africa.Dont Miss out
Kenneth Muhangi
Alice Namuli
Sarah Mhamilawa

Capital Markets and Cross-Border Listings: Opportunities

The session discusses cross-border listings and how they can be used to enrich continental free trade area. Don't miss out out on one of the final act of the conference as Dr. Mworia explores the opportunities tied with Capital Markets and Cross-Border Listings.
Dr. James Mworia, CFA

Closing Ceremony

The closing ceremony is an opportunity to network with cross cadre professionals. Don't miss out!

Gala Night

The  23rd Gala  Night celebrates the region’s Leading Law Firms and EALS awards nominees.The Gala Night features top-notch entertainment showcasing Kenya’s best, drinks and  meals.The event also recognizes our sponsors and partners.Don't miss out on this event. Great food , music, Swahili cultural display & Natural Win!

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting discusses the various  agenda  items  as   communicated to members. The  event will also  see the conduct of elections for the new  governing council.A members only event. Kindly members don't miss out!

Location

PrideInn Paradise Beach Resort
PrideInn Paradise Beach Resort, Convention & Spa Shanzu Beach Area-North Coast-Mombasa
+254 709 532 000 | +254709374000

CATEGORIES

Category D
200.00 USD

Admits to all events except Leading Law Firms’, In-House Counsel’s  & Networking Dinner.Applications post 19th Oct 2018 attracts extra USD $ 50. (Applies to under 35 yrs old, and  less  than  5  yrs  of  experience members .)

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Category C
350.00 USD

members of over 5 years’ experience or above 35 years.Admits to all events except Leading Law Firms’Forum, In-House Counsel’s Forum & NetworkingDinner.Early Bird Rate USD $ 300 until 19th October 2018.

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Category B
400.00 USD

In-House Counsel cadre

Admits one to all events including the In-House Counsel’s Forum and Networking Dinner.

Early Bird Rate of USD $ 350 for In-House Counsel applies until 19th Oct 2018.

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Category A
2,500.00 USD

Ideal for Leading Law Firms cadre.

Admits two representatives to all events. This also comes with a courtesy car during the conference as well as numerous exclusive benefits.

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Chairperson’s Message

Welcome to East Africa Law Society 2018 Annual Conference.

This year we host our members and guests in Mombasa, the gateway to East Africa. Mombasa is a sea port and home to many sea front hotels and resorts, as well as numerous tourist attraction sites. Its rich history and attractive sceneries will, no doubt, enrich your experience during the exciting conference.

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