The theme for this year’s conference “EAC @20: THE ROLE OF LAWYERS IN DEVELOPING REGIONAL ECONOMIC COMMUNITIES” has been carefully selected to celebrate the twenty years of existence of the EAC. The legal profession has played a crucial role in advancing the regional integration, and is seen as a leading player in shaping the future of the Customs Union and the envisaged monetary union and political federation. The conference comes at a time that the African Continent has just entered history books by signing the Continental Free Trade Agreement(CFTA).

The following sub-themes shall be explored, in addition to the main theme:

  1. “Role of the Legal Profession in the 4th Industrial Revolution” seeks to debate the role of lawyers in advancing development in the age of rising use of computers and modern technologies, and the era of Artificial Intelligence.
  2. “The Promise of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) Agreement” will follow up on the discussions of the 23rd Annual Conference and update delegates on the steps made towards implementing the AfCTA.
  3. “Rule of Law and Development in the East African Community” will examine the various facets of Rule of Law and how they impact on development of nations. Various subjects, including the state of cross- border trade in the region, business and human rights, sustainable and responsible business, illicit financial flows, and recent geopolitical developments in the region.