Membership

The Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) is a dual membership forum for individual African lawyers and African lawyers’ associations.

PALU’s membership categories are:

Individual (Annual) Membership

Life Membership

Special Endowment Membership

Institutional Membership

In order to boost the total numbers as well as diversity of our members; and to scale up our membership services as well as our outreach, we adopted a range of new strategies.

1st Strategy

We are rolling out a new Membership Engagement System (MES) to make it easier for members to:

Join PALU.

Participate in the various Committees, Task Forces, Working Groups, and Fora.

Interact with members in dedicated and safe online spaces.

Link interactions with their social media and PALU social media.

Pay their membership, conference registration, and other dues online.

Sign up for PALU Conferences, Workshops, Seminars, and other events online.

Generally be able to interact with the PALU Leadership, Secretariat, and members quickly through their phones, tablets, and computers.

As the new MES becomes fully operational, we will initiate a new Membership Recruitment Drive, and encourage more members to be active in our various Committees, Task Forces, Working Groups, and Fora. We remain focused on providing more value to our members, whether practising, in-house, in government, in diplomatic service, or with international or intergovernmental organisations.

2nd Strategy

We embarked on special campaigns to our Arab-, French- and Portuguese-speaking constituencies which ultimately led to more Bar Associations being active in PALU, including nominating and voting for candidates to be elected into the PALU Board. As a result, out of nine elective positions on our Board for the period 2018-2021, we have one Arabic member, one Francophone member and one Lusophone member, making this the most linguistically diverse PALU Board to date.

3rd Strategy

We increased the opportunities of becoming a PALU member by offering attractive discounts for those registering for our Annual Conferences. This has led to more participants seizing this opportunity, and also to more of them being repeat participants in subsequent conferences.

4th Strategy

We lowered our institutional membership fees, to be more responsive to the differences in size and financial situation of African lawyers’ associations. While this lowers our income in the short-term, it attracts more institutional members to become active in the organisation and pay their reduced dues consistently, which has a positive long-term impact on PALU.

The Memberships

(in United States Dollars)

Ordinary Membership

100$ for the first year, and 50$ per year thereafter

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Duration

12 months

Package price

$50

  • Receive PALU newsletters and bulletins
  • Participate in online discussions
  • Access the African Law Database
  • Network with African legal decision makers
  • Listing in the online directory
  • Premier access to our printed publications

Life Membership

A once-off payment of $ 1,000

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Duration

Lifetime

Package price

$1,000

Special Endowment Membership

A once-off payment of $ 10,000

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Duration

Lifetime

Package price

$10,000

Institutional Membership

The Institutional Membership is for Bar Associations and Law Societies (collectively called lawyers’ associations) from across Africa and its diaspora, with an annual fee which ranges from $1,000 to $2,000, determined by the size of the association.

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Duration

12 months

# of card holders

2,000

Package price

$1,000

Ordinary Memberships

Life Memberships

Special Endowments

Institutional Memberships