EALS COUNCIL COMMITTEES AND DIVISIONS
In discharging its broad mandate, the East Africa Law Society has established various committees tasked with undertaking specific functions under the regional bar association’s core objective of promoting the legal profession good governance, rule of law and human rights in the region.Each Committee is made up of dedicated representatives pooled from across East Africa on consideration of experience and expertise in the particular field.
EALS currently has 7 fully functional committees:
1.THE FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE
This committee is tasked with over-sighting the financial and human resource affairs of the Society. It is made up of:
2. PROFFESIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
This Committee provides strategic leadership for the Society’s professional development programs including addressing the needs of lawyers/ advocates in East Africa. The Committee provides both technical and non-technical professional development and training programs and designs activities for accreditation by National Law Societies.
3. HUMAN RIGHTS AND STRATEGIC LITIGATION COMMITTEE
This Committee is mandated to advance measures that contribute to good governance, administration of justice, constitutionalism and adherence to the rule of law in East Africa. The Committee undertakes strategic litigation at the East African Court of Justice in instances where there are blatant violations of human rights and the rule of law.
4. GENDER DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
This Committee monitors and organizes activities that relate to gender mainstreaming within the EAC. It provides policy leadership on all gender issues particularly law reform, promotion of equitable participation of smen and women in the legal profession; advancing the concerns of members within the legal profession and encouraging the economic and social empowerment of men and women both in the legal profession and society generally.Membership:
5. REGIONAL INTEGRATION AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE
This Committee focuses on regional work to achieve improved integration in the EAC while overseeing the state of rule of law within East Africa and beyond. It also monitors all activities that feed into the EAC Regional Integration process. The Committee is made up of:
6. YOUNG LAWYERS COMMITTEE
Young lawyers play a pivotal role in a fast paced, fast changing regional legal environment. The objectives of this Committee are to identify, discuss and promote issues involving young lawyers in the region. The committee works to deliver key support facilities for new members in the profession. This is done by offering networking and collegiality opportunities through academic/ professional, social and sporting events. Committee membership:
7. AD HOC COMMITTEE
This Committee deals with emerging issues and membership services. It is composed of: