Press Release: SBL, PALU and ACC Join Hands in Enriching Legal Practice for Diaspora & African Lawyers, Solicitors, Barristers and Law Students through Internships in Africa, UK and USA

Arusha, Tanzania, On 25 January 2017, the Society of Black Lawyers (SBL), the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) and the Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights   (ACC) have joined hands in providing opportunities to African and Diaspora lawyers and law students to enrich their experience through internships in Africa, UK and the USA.

The project aims to facilitate the exchange of undergraduate & graduate law students, trainee barristers and solicitors and fully qualified solicitors and barristers, to undertake internships or placements at PALU and the ACC offices based in Arusha, Tanzania. In the second phase, which may take place in the second year of the project, it is envisaged that staff and interns from PALU and the ACC would be placed in law firms and Barristers’ Chambers in the UK and the USA. The internship, shall include developing expertise of drafting pleadings, preparing cases for trial, administrative work, and undertaking legal and educational research relevant to the work of the respective organizations and any other work deemed necessary by PALU and ACC. The number of interns for each year to be a minimum of two and a maximum of 16 in any given month, subject to agreement in writing between the respective organizations.

“We expect it to be a marvelous partnership of co-operation, opening opportunities for students, practicioners and lawyers from both the diaspora and from  Africa.” Donald Peter Herbert O.B.E., Chairperson of SBL.

“This partnership is a new era for learning and sharing experience between black lawyers, Diasporas and African human rights lawyers for the advancement of human rights in Africa” Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba, Executive Secretary for ACC.

“The Diaspora is the sixth region of Africa, and we are very happy that these three African organizations; one diaspora organization and two based on the continent are moving forward to practically show how we should cooperate and collaborate, and hopefully providing a practical model for the African Union and for the member states and other parts of professional associations, civil societies etc. on working together between the diaspora and those on the continent” Donald Deya, Chief Executive Officer of PALU.

Listen to the full statement below:

SBL, PALU & ACC Joint Partnership from Pan African Lawyers Union on Vimeo.

PALU congratulates the three organizations for this joint partnership and calls for more strengthened collaboration between the Diaspora and Africa 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.

For more information on how you can be part of this exciting opportunity, contact:

In UK:
Donald Peter Herbert O.B.E, Society of Black Lawyers (SBL); Email: pherb5law@aol.com

In Africa:
Donald Deya, Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU); Email: secretariat@lawyersofafrica.org

Dieu-Donné Wedi Djamba, Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights   (ACC); Email: executivesecretary@africancourtcoalition.org

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