28th Edition of East Africa Law Society Annual Conference

The largest gathering of professionals in law across the East African Community.

THEME:ONE REGION, ONE PEOPLE: THE ROLE OF THE LAW AND THE LEGAL PROFESSION IN DEFINING THE FUTURE OF THE EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY

Over 600 lawyers from across East Africa and beyond will converge in Bujumbura-Burundi, between 23rd and 25th November to discuss business, create networks and keep abreast with topical issues affecting the profession.

ABOUT EALS 28TH CONFERENCE

Theme

The theme for this year’s conference, “ONE REGION, ONE PEOPLE: THE ROLE OF THE LAW AND THE LEGAL PROFESSION IN DEFINING THE FUTURE OF THE EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY” has been carefully selected to provide a platform for legal professionals across the region to discuss the role of the law and the profession in accelerating development in the East African Community.

Join the Event

Why Join

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In-Person Networking

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Boosts Productivity

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Spark Creativity

How to Participate

The following are the available categories and their respective costs

CATEGORY A
Leading Law Firms

USD $2,000

CATEGORY B
Members of over 5 years’ experience or above 35 years

USD $300

CATEGORY C
Young Lawyers: Members of less than 35 years old, and less than 5 years of experience post-admission

USD $200

CATEGORY D
Non Members

USD $350

Whence at the Conference

Topics of Discussion

Trade and Investment in the East African Community

ESG and other Emerging Trends in Corporate and Commercial Law

AI and the Law: Are we Ready for the Future?

Good Governance and Accountability in East Africa

The Role of the Law and Legal Profession in the Regional Integration Process

Dispute Resolution under the African Free Continental Trade Area and other Regional Trade Agreements

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Several Global Figureheads
Nov 22nd, 23rd, 24th & 25th 2023

Conference Structure

The Conference will bring together several activities, with the climax being the Main Conference on 25th November, 2023 that is expected to host the President of the Republic of Burundi, H.E. President Evariste Ndayishimiye. All Conference events have been structured to effectively cover for the needs of all our members allowing them to experience never seen before sessions and opportunities to build their networks as well as take a well-deserved rest after a long and grueling year

Women Lawyers Conference – Main Conference Hall 1
7:00am - 9:00am
Arrival and registration
9:00am - 9:45am
Opening Ceremony
9:45am - 10:00am
Journey Video

Our Year as Women Lawyers in East Africa

10:00am - 10:45am
Keynote Address

“The Pursuit of Professional Excellence in the Legal Profession"

Interactive Session (Q&A): 10:30am - 10:45am

10:45am - 11:15am
Coffee Break + Messages from Conference Sponsors
11:15am - 12pm
Leadership for Women Lawyers

A conversation with Hon. Chief Justice Martha Koome – Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya

12pm - 1pm
Panel session

The Evolving Face of Justice in a Globalised Practice Environment: Where are the Women?

1pm - 2pm
Lunch
2pm - 6pm
Women Lawyers CSR Activity

Visit to the Arusha Women Prison – Provide Legal aid and psychosocial support to the women prisoners, give sanitary towels, pampers and foodstuff

6pm - 11pm
Welcome Cocktail Party

Denim and floral theme

The Young Lawyers Conference – Conference Hall 2
7am - 9am
Young Lawyers
Arrival and registration
9am - 9:20am
Welcoming

Opening Remarks & Defining Agenda

9:20am - 9:35am
Our One Year in Brief

Video review of EALS Young Lawyers Activities for the Year

9:35am - 10:25am
A Conversation with East African Young Lawyers

What I Should have Known as a Young Lawyer

Are young Lawyers Meeting Expectations: A Judicial Perspective

Setting Yourself up for a Successful Legal Career: Global Perspectives

Leading from the Front: Essential skills for Young Lawyers aspiring to become Leading Lawyers

10:25am - 10:55am
Coffee Break
10:55am - 12pm
The Lawyer of the Future: Building the Next Generation of East African Lawyers for Global Competitiveness

Tech preparedness for young Lawyers: Experiences from Rwanda

A young lawyer of the present and future: Is rule of law relevant

Opportunities arising from the Expansion of the EAC for young lawyers

Packaging yourself for future professional opportunities

12pm - 1pm
Technology and the Evolution of the Legal Profession

Evolving Face of Legal Practice: Influence of Technology on the Law Firm

Data Protection and Impact on Businesses

Taxing Software in East Africa: Jurisprudence and Emerging Issues

The rise of Fintech and the Role of Lawyers

1pm - 2pm
Lunch
2pm - 6pm
EALS Golf Tournament

Other private tours of Arusha for delegates

6pm - 11pm
Welcome Cocktail Party
Main Conference Day 1
7am - 9am
Registration | Entertainment
9am - 9:45am
Opening Ceremony

Introduction & Welcome Remarks

Opening Remarks

Entertainment

9:45am - 10:45am
Official Presidential Address
10:45am - 11am
Coffee Break
Leading Law Firms’ Forum – Conference Hall 2
11am - 11:10am
Leading Law Firms Forum Opening Ceremony
11:10am - 11:30am
Keynote Address

Best Practices in International Law Firm Management

11:30am - 12:15pm
Panel Session

Establishing and Managing Successful International Legal Networks

12:15pm - 1:15pm
Panel Session

Rule of Law and Democracy as tools for Driving Development in the East African Community: The Role of Leading Law Firms

Rule of Law and opportunities in Tanzania’s Legal Market

Rule of Law and the Legal Market in Uganda

Rule of Law and the Legal Market in Burundi

The South Sudan Legal market: Impact of conflict to legal services

1:15pm - 2pm
Lunch
2pm - 6pm
Guided tour of Arusha National Park

Golf at Gymkhana Club

6pm - 11pm
Joint Leading Law Firms & In-House Counsel Dinner

Theme:

The evening features entertainment, drinks, best of cuisines, sponsorship recognition, dances and networking with inhouse counsel.

(for quality control, access to this event is restricted to registered delegates under the two categories)

In-House Counsel’s Forum – Main Conference Room
11am - 11:10am
Official Session Opening
11:10am - 12:10pm
Key Address

Africa’s Role in International Commercial Arbitration - Challenges and Opportunities

Panel session on International Commercial Arbitration. Role of Inhouse Counsel

12:10pm - 1:10pm
Panel Session

Emerging Trends in Business: The Concept of Business and Human Rights

Introduction to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Unpacking the Role of Inhouse Counsel

1:10pm - 2pm
Lunch
2pm - 3pm
Open Dialogue Session

Peer to Peer Learning/Best Practices in In-house Counsel Practice

  • High Achieving Inhouse Counsel: Positioning Yourself
  • Role of Technology in Building and Maintaining Strong Client Relationships
  • Effective communication as a tool for successful inhouse counsel practice
3pm - 6pm
Privately organized visits in Arusha for delegates
6pm - 11pm
Joint Leading Law Firms & In-House Counsel Dinner Theme

The evening features entertainment, drinks, best of cuisines, sponsor recognition, dances etc

(for quality control, access to this event is restricted to registered delegates under the two categories)

Main Conference Day 2
7am - 9am
Registration | Entertainment
9am - 9:30am
Opening Ceremony

Introduction & Welcome Remarks

Opening Remarks

9:30am - 10:00am
Key Note

“The Dream of a Unified East African Community: Role of Lawyers and EAC Partner States”

10:00am - 11am
Panel Discussion

Fostering East African Unity and Diversity in a Globalized Practice Environment

The geopolitics of a unified Community from the eyes of a legislator

The business case for a unified East African Community

A shaky Union? What we must do to fully integrate as a region

The role of lawyers in building a unified Community

11am - 11:30am
Coffee Break
11:30am - 1pm
Regional Integration

Expansion of the East African Community: Implications

Dispute Resolution in an expanded Community: The role of regional and continental courts

EAC as a Building Block to the African Free Continental Trade Area (AfCFTA)

Opportunities and responsibilities lawyers in contributing to deepening economic integration in the EAC under AfCFTA

Implications of DRCs entry into the EAC

1pm - 2pm
Lunch
2pm - 3:30pm
Mining, Oil and Gas Panel Session

East Africa’s Natural Resource Potential: Which Way for the Region?

2pm - 3:30pm
ADR Panel Session

Harnessing the Power of ADR in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges

2pm - 3:30pm
Evaluating threats to the Independence of Regional Courts
2pm - 3:30pm
Good Governance and Accountability in East Africa

Building a Case for Alternative Voices

3:30pm - 6pm
Privately organized visits in Arusha for delegates
6pm - 11pm
Gala Night & Awards

(Mt. Meru Hotel)

Theme:

Dress code (Bow tie, African theme)

Programme to be prepared for the Gala Dinner by Ronnie

Annual General Meeting – Conference Hall 1
As per released AGM Notice
7am - 9am
Registration
9am - 9:30am
Welcoming

Setting the Agenda

Opening Remarks

9:30am - 11am
Agenda Discussions
11am - 11:30am
Election of Council for 2022-2024
11:30am - 12:30pm
Inauguration of the New Council
12:30pm
Departure
Event Speakers

Meet Our First Speakers

Partners

East Africa's Leading Law Firms

CATEGORY A

Leading Law Firms

USD $2,000

Admits three representatives to all events, exclusive branding in conference publication and at the conference venue and other year-long exclusive benefits. Delegates will be provided with courtesy airport transfer and priority in accommodation booking, exclusive networking dinner, exclusive private meetings lounge etc.

CATEGORY B

Members of over 5 years’ experience or above 35 years

USD $300

Admits to all events except Leading Law Firms’ Forum. Early Bird Rate USD $ 280 for payment received before 30th September 2023.

CATEGORY C

Young Lawyers: Members of less than 35 years old, and less than 5 years of experience post-admission

USD $200

Admits to all events except Leading Law Firms’ Forum. Applies to members that have less than 5 years of experience post-admission.

An early bird rate of USD $180 applies to payments received before 30th September 2023.

CATEGORY D

Non Members

USD $350

Persons who are not paid up members of EALS are eligible to attend the conference on payment of $350.

Early bird rate of USD $330 applies until 30th September 2023.