African Bar Association (AFBA) is committed to strengthening professional links between members of the legal profession in Africa. The one-week conference was held at Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya on 23rd- 27th July. The opening ceremony was graced by the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E. William Ruto, Chief Justice Hon. David Maraga, Attorney General Hon. Kihara Kariuki, the Chief Justice of the Arab Republic of Egypt H.E Magdy Abo El- Ela and the Governor of Nairobi H.E Mike Sonko.
Speaking during the Opening ceremony AGA-Africa Board Member, Mr. Markus Green ESQ said AGA supporting the AFBA will not only catalyze the conveyance of Africa as a continent where democratic values, universal principles of human rights, justice, and the rule of law are entrenched but also one with capable institutions and transformative leadership in place at all level. Mr. Markus Green also urged the Kenyan Government to adopt seizure of assets from convicted corrupt individuals as a way of fighting corruption.
Several educational sessions were held during the conference covering a variety of legal topics.
One session on ‘Dealing With The African Migration Crisis & Modern Slavery – Permanent Solutions As Part of Agenda 2063 ‘ was facilitated by Amanda Plisner – Deputy Attorney General and Statewide Human Trafficking Coordinator, California Department of Justice & Dame Julie Okah-Donli – Director General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Nigeria Amanda Plisner said that the discussion about Africa’s socioeconomic future would be incomplete without touching on Human Trafficking which is a criminal activity that preys upon those in weak socioeconomic circumstances.
“We are required to combat the factors that make people vulnerable to trafficking through mentoring and support of at-risk youth.” She emphasized. Dame Julie Okah-Donli shared on how NAPTIP Nigeria rescued Nigerian victims of human trafficking from Libya and other counties abroad.
She urged on the importance of working with human trafficking destination countries to tackle these Human Trafficking syndicates. Rich Lebel – Deputy Director, Transaction Record Analysis Center (TRAC) facilitated a session on ‘Legal solutions to Threats to Agenda 2063 – Terrorism, Corruption, Wars, and Money Laundering.’ He emphasized the need to have a baseline understanding of how criminal organizations around the world move money.