Associations

W-African Bar Association

The West African Bar Association (WABA) is an association of lawyers and lawyers’ associations in West Africa. WABA aims to be a leading edge organization committed to enhancing the professional and commercial interests of a diverse membership and to protecting the independence of the judiciary and the Bar. Today, the association represents some 3000 lawyers and National Bar Associations in West Africa.

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Pan-African Lawyers Union

PALU formulates and implements various professional development and collective representationprogrammes and activities tor its corporate and individual members. It actively engages and works with the African Union (AU) and its various organs and institutions. It has a formal Memorandum of Understanding on Co-operation and Collaboration with the AU. It is a member of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council at the African Union (ECOSOCC-AU), and i’ts President, Mr. Akere T. Muna, presides overECOSOCC-AU. Mr. Muna is a Member of the Eminent Persons’ Panel of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).

 

International Bar Association

The International Bar Association (IBA), established in 1947, is the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies.

The IBA influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world.

Nigerian Lawyers Association

The Nigerian Lawyers Association (NLA) was incorporated in 1999 as a not-for-profit, non-partisan association of attorneys and counselors-at-law. While most members are of Nigerian descent, Nigerian citizenship is not a requirement for membership.

NLA represents the interests of attorneys of Nigerian descent both in the United States and all over the world. It advances the professional needs of its growing members and provides leadership and advocacy for the legal needs and interests of the Nigerian community in the United States and around the world.

Commonwealth Lawyers Association

The Commonwealth Lawyers' Association (CLA) exists to maintain and promote the rule of law throughout the Commonwealth by ensuring that an independent and efficient legal profession serves the people of the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth countries share a substantial common ground in their legal systems and the lawyers of these countries have much to learn from the comparative experience of their colleagues in other jurisdictions.  This common ground extends to many aspects of legal education and legal practice and here too there is much to be shared. The profession around the Commonwealth is committed to the preservation of the highest standards of ethics and integrity and to the furtherance of the rule of law for the benefit of society.  As a pan-Commonwealth body, the CLA provides support in the pursuit of these objectives.

International Lawyers for Africa

ILFA aims to build legal capacity in Africa by helping to equip African lawyers with additional legal skills and expertise in key areas of public international law, corporate law and international dispute resolution.ILFA is based on the premise that a strong rule of law will encourage international investment in Africa and promote strong and independent institutions which in turn will lead to sustainable economic and social development.

 

Nigerian Association of Law Teachers

 

Association of Law Teachers

The ALT publishes a regular  email newsletter and a refereed journal, the Law Teacher. ALT members receive copies of these as part of the membership package. It also contributes to research into legal education via the Legal Education Research Network (LERN). Updates on current activities and other news of interest to members is distributed via the ALT's electronic mailing list. The ALT organises a comprehensive events programme, consisting of an annual conference, the anual Lord Upjohn Lecture and regular one day conferences on current issues. The ALT is represented on a variety of organisationsinvolved in, or exercising an influence over, legal education, including the major professional and examining bodies. The Committee monitors developments which may have an impact upon legal education and, together with other organisations pursuing similar interests, represents the views of those involved in legal education.

Commonwealth Magistrates' and Judges' Association

The Association was founded in 1970 as the Commonwealth Magistrates' Association and the current name was adopted in 1988. The Association is registered as a charitable organisation in the United Kingdom. It is a Company Limited by Guarantee and not having a Share Capital.

 

International Association of Judges

The International Association of Judges was founded in Salzburg (Austria) in 1953. It is a professional, non-political, international organization, bringing together national associations of judges, not individual judges, approved by the Central Council for admission to the Association.

The main aim of the Association is to safeguard the independence of the judiciary, which is an essential requirement of the judicial function, guaranteeing human rights and freedom.

The organization currently encompasses 80 such national associations or representative groups, from five continents.

 

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

The CPA is an Association of Commonwealth Parliamentarians who, irrespective of gender, race, religion or culture, are united by community of interest, respect for the rule of law and individual rights and freedoms, and by pursuit of the positive ideals of parliamentary democracy.

The Association's mission is to promote the advancement of parliamentary democracy by enhancing knowledge and understanding of democratic governance. It seeks to build an informed parliamentary community able to deepen the Commonwealth's democratic commitment and to further co-operation among its Parliaments and Legislatures. This mission is achieved through a Strategic Plan which ensures CPA activities continue to meet the changing needs of today's Parliamentarians.

 

International Law Students Association

The International Law Students Association is a non-profit association of students and lawyers who are dedicated to the promotion of international law. ILSA provides students with opportunities to study, research, and network in the international legal arena. The organization's activities include academic conferences, publications, the global coordination of student organizations, and the administration of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. ILSA seeks to promote international law; to encourage communication and cooperation among students and lawyers internationally; to contribute to legal education; to promote social responsibility in the field of law; to increase opportunities for students to learn about other cultures and legal systems worldwide; and to publicize educational and career opportunities in international law.

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