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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 Egypt re: Public Assembly Law (August 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Egypt

Letter to the Minister of Justice of the Kingdom of Swaziland regarding the arrest and conviction of Thulani Maseko and Bheki Makhubu (August 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Swaziland

Letter to the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt regarding human rights and the rule of law as it relates to the sentences handed down to the leader of and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Jazeera journalists (July 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Egypt

Letter to Congress regarding the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) (July 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Violence Against Women

For the full list of committee reports click here


Of Interest

The Tragedy of South Sudan - The Way Forward, presentation by Dr. Amir Idris, Chair of the Department of African and African American Studies and Professor of African History and Politics at Fordham University. (November 5, 2014) (PDF)

Statement by Mr. Maged Abdelaziz Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa before The New York City Bar Association Committee on African Affairs (October 8, 2014)

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)