This Year the East Africa Law Society (EALS) organized its 24th Edition of the East Africa Law Society Annual Conference and General Meeting in Kigali from 4th to 9th November 2019.
It is important to note that this event is a premier meeting bringing together the largest gathering of professionals in law across the East African Community.
Annually, the event brings together over 600 lawyers from across East Africa to discuss business, create networks, and get updated on the latest trends and developments in the profession all these lawyers includes Young lawyers, women lawyers, in-house counsels and the leading law firms . The theme for this year’s conference was “EAC @20: THE ROLE OF LAW AND LAWYERS IN DEVELOPING REGIONAL ECONOMIC COMMUNITIES” This theme was to be debated in the Conference as the EAC Celebrates its 20 years of existence.
The pre-conference sessions and AGM were held at Kigali Serena Hotel while the main Conference was hosted at Kigali Convention center.
The Official Opening ceremony held on 8th November 2019 at the Kigali Convention Center was attended by HE Paul Kagame the President of the Republic of Rwanda, The Minister of Justice and attorney General Hon. Johnston BUSINGYE, The president of International Bar Association Mr. Horacio Bernardes Neto, President of the EALS Mr. William RUBEYA, The governing council members of the EALS as well as the Government of Rwanda officials
The Official Opening ceremony of the Conference which took place on on 8th November 2019 was graced by HE Paul KAGAME the President of the Republic of Rwanda, as the Guest of Honour. In his remarks, H.E Paul KAGAME said that the development of the East African Community depends on the pro-activeness of EAC Lawyers. He reminded them they are uniquely positioned to advocate for the benefits of fully implementing the integration agenda.
He called them upon to hold governments accountable for respecting the common rights enjoyed by East African citizens. He insisted that Lawyers should constantly be in the trenches defending these rights and freedoms, without apology.
He concluded by saying that to deepen the economic integration agenda, which includes trade in services, qualified lawyers should be able to practice anywhere in the East African Community, commending therefore the removal of unnecessary barriers that hampers the free movement of lawyers across the EAC.
The same event was also attended by the Chief Justice of the Republic of Rwanda, other Judiciary’s dignitaries as well as a number of High Government Officials including the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Republic of Rwanda Hon. Johnston BUSINGYE as well as The president of International Bar Association Mr. Horacio Bernardes Neto.