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African Affairs Committee

The African Affairs Committee is committed to strengthening the rule of law and promoting social and economic development in Africa. The Committee closely follows legal, political, economic and social developments in Africa. The primary focus of the Committee is to investigate, understand and report on legal and policy developments on the Continent. In so doing, the Committee regularly sponsors Africa-related speakers and events, many of which are open to the public. Similarly, subcommittees investigate and report on specific issues (such as African business development, gender issues and the administration of justice) to judicial or legal organizations, government officials and other relevant decision-makers.

The Committee aspires to build lasting relationships with African leaders and institutions. Meetings with preeminent African jurists, government officials, and other key persons are frequently conducted. These meetings give the Committee insight into current events from an African perspective. The Committee also aims to foster meaningful connections with other individuals and organizations with an interest in Africa, and regularly meets with US-based professional, governmental and advocacy groups.

Recent Reports

Letter to President of Uganda re: Anti-Homosexuality Bill (February 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Uganda

Strengthening The African Growth and Opportunity Act: Delivering on Africa’s Promise through NEPAD and the African Diaspora to Reinvigorate the Commercial Relationship Between the United States and Sub-Saharan African Countries (August 2013) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: African Growth and Opportunity Act

Letter to Congress on amending SB 744, the Immigration and Modernization Act, so that former child soldiers are not barred from gaining any status in the United States (June 2013) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Child Soldiers

For the full list of committee reports click here

Of Interest

Association Hosts Judge Vagn Joensen, President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (June 12, 2013)

Event Summary: Protecting the Rights of People with Mental Disabilities in Africa (February 6, 2013)

Event Summary: Association Hosts Stephen J. Rapp, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large, Office of Global Criminal Justice (December 3, 2012)

Association Hosts Judge Vagn Joensen, President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (June 4, 2012)

Summary of Program on the Global Child Soldiers Crisis (May, 2012) (PDF)

New York City Bar Association Hosts Public Forum on LGBT Rights in Africa (April 2012) (Blog)

Event Summary: “Lawyering Beyond Borders: A Window Into the Practice of International Criminal Law at the International Criminal Court and Other International Tribunals” (October, 2011)