About the East Africa Law Society

The East Africa Law Society is the apex regional bar Association of East Africa jointly founded in1995 by a group of Lawyers with the support of the leadership of the national Bar Association of:

Burundi Bar Association

The Burundi Bar Association is the Bar association of Burundi, founded by Decree on 21st January 1950. The Burundi Bar Association is currently governed by the Burundi Bar Association Act of Parliament N°1/014 of 29th November 2002, which repealed the earlier legislation.

Statutory Objectives

  • To assist and represent the public in Burundi in all legal matters it may be necessary, especially in justice, in the Courts and Tribunals as well as vis-à-vis public administration.
  • To plead cases before different Courts and Tribunals and disciplinary or judiciary bodies.
  • To provide legal advices and consultancy in the judiciary field.

Vision

A society where justice and the rule of law are upheld, and committed to promote professionalism and innovation in its legal services to the public and  community.

Mission

To secure sustainable professional development and the protection of public interests; promote and protect the rule of law and access to justice.

Core values:

Independence of the Bar Members, Accountability, Professionalism, Integrity, Inovation and Efficiency.

Contacts.

BBA Secretariat
QUARTIER INSS, Immeuble COUR CONSTITUTIONNELLE

P.O. Box 1207
Bujumbura
Tel: +257 22 24 39 45

Email: oabu_oabu@yahoo.fr


Kigali Bar Association

From colonial period up to the accession of independence in 1962 until the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi; Rwanda did not have a regulated legal profession (Bar Association).


The Bar Association was created by an Act of Parliament in 1997(Law N° 03/97); the Bar started with 37 advocates. After fourteen years, the Bar’s current membership is approximately 650 advocates, Female Lawyers represent 27% of the entire membership. Currently, the Bar Association has registered rapid growth in membership, characterised by a large proportion of young lawyers (63% of the entire membership).


The ratio of lawyers per 100.000 population was 0,5 lawyer in 1997, One lawyer in 2004 and 5,5 Lawyers per 100.000 Population in 2011. The membership is made up of all practicing advocates, as required by law, and the interns who aspire to be enrolled after internship. The Bar Association is a  self regulatory organisation with three organs: the General Assembly, the governing council and the President of the Bar (Batonnier). After a number of  years of informal management, the Bar created in 2009 a Secretariat led by an Executive Secretary for the day to day management of the Bar.

Contact Address:

Kigali Bar Association
PO Box 3762 Kigali
Urugwiro No 099
Kamatamu/kacyiru
Gasabo District
Kigali-Rwanda

Tel:Fax(+250) 252580600
Email: barreaudurwanda1997@gmail.com
Website: www.rwandabar.org


Law Society of Kenya

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) is Kenya’s premier bar association, with membership of all practicing advocates, currently numbering in excess of the seven thousand.

It has the mandate to advise and assist members of the legal profession, the government and the larger public in all matters relating to the administration of justice in Kenya.

The Society was established by an Act of Parliament – The Law Society of Kenya Act (Chapter 18 of the Laws of Kenya). The Law Society in its present form was formed in 1948 by section 3 of the Law Society of Kenya Ordinance, 1949. That Act was later repealed by the current Law Society of Kenya Act, which came into force on 30th October, 1992.

Objectives

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) exists to maintain and promote the rule of law throughout the Kenya by ensuring that an independent and efficient legal profession serves the people of Kenya.

The LSK’s objectives, as enshrined in its Constitution, are to maintain and promote the rule of law in the Kenya by:

  • To maintain and improve the standards of conduct and running of the legal profession in Kenya.
  • To facilitate the acquisition of legal knowledge by members of the legal profession and others.
  • To assist the government and the courts in matters affecting legislation and the administration of justice in Kenya.
  • To protect, represent and assist members of the legal profession in Kenya in respect of conditions of practice and otherwise.
  • To protect and assist the public in Kenya in all matters touching, ancillary or incidental to the law.

Vision

The Law Society of Kenya mission is to be a world recognized bar association in the provision of quality services, fostering advocacy and the rule of law.

Mission

The vision of the Law Society of Kenya is to empower our members and promote good governance and the just rule of law.

Contacts:

Law Society of Kenya
Lavington, Opposite Valley Arcade, Gitanga Road
P.O Box 72219-00200
Tel: +254 20 387 4664
Fax: +254 51 8010700

Email: lsk@lsk.or.ke
Website: www.lsk.or.ke


Tanganyika Law Society

The Tanganyika Law Society is the Bar association of Tanzania Mainland, founded in 1954 by an Act of Parliament - the Tanganyika Law Society Ordinance, Chapter 344 of the Laws. The Tanganyika Law Society is currently governed by the Tanganyika Law Society Act, Cap 307 R.E. 2002, which repealed the earlier legislation.

Statutory Objectives

  • to maintain and improve the standards of conduct and learning of the legal profession in Tanzania;
  • to facilitate the acquisition of legal knowledge by members of the legal profession and others;
  • to assist the Government and the Courts in all matters affecting legislation and administration and practice of the law in Tanzania;
  • to represent, protect and assist members of the legal profession in Tanzania as regards to conditions of practice and otherwise; and
  • to protect and assist the public in Tanzania in all matters touching, ancillary or incidental to the law.

Vision

A society where justice and the rule of law are upheld.

Mision

To secure sustainable professional development and the integrity of the legal profession; promote and protect the rule of law and access to justice; and champion progressive legal reforms.

Contacts:

TLS Secretariat
Plot 299, Ruhinde Street, Ada Estate
P.O. Box 2148
Dar es Salaam
Tel: +255 22 2664254
Fax: +255 22 2664253
Email: info@tls.or.tz
Website: www.tls.or.tz


Uganda Law Society

The Uganda Law Society is a Statutory body corporate, established by the Uganda Law Society Act [in 1956] now Cap 276 of the Laws of Uganda, 2000.

IV. Statutory Objectives:

The object for which the society was established are:

  1. to maintain and improve the standards of conduct and learning of the legal profession in Uganda;
  2. to facilitate the acquisition of legal knowledge by members of the legal profession and others;
  3. to represent, protect and assist members of the legal profession in Uganda as regards conditions of practice and otherwise;
  4. to protect and assist the public in Uganda in all matters touching, ancillary or incidental to the law;
  5. to assist the Government and the courts in all matters affecting legislation and the administration and practice of law in Uganda;
  6. to acquire, hold, develop or dispose of properties of all kinds, whether movable or immovable, and to derive capital or income from the property, for all or any of the foregoing objects;
  7. to raise or borrow money for all or any of the foregoing objects in such manner and upon such security as may from time to time be determined by the society;
  8. to invest and deal with monies of the society not immediately required in such manner as may from time to time be determined by the society;
  9. to do all such other things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the foregoing objects or any of them.

Vision

To excel as a professional body in developing the legal profession and promoting the Rule of law in Uganda.

Mission

To improve the professional standards of its members and promote, respect for human rights, the rule of law and access to Justice.

Contact information:

Uganda Law Society
Plot 5A Acacia Avenue
P.O. Box 426, Kampala.
Tel: +256 414 342 424/12
Fax: +256 414 342 431

E-mail: uls@uls.or.ug
Website: www.uls.or.ug


Zanzibar Law Society

ZANZIBAR LAW SOCIETY is a non profit organization registered by the Register of Society as per the Societies Act No 6 of 1995 with registration number 89 in the year 1999.


Vision

Zanzibar Law Society shall be recognized as a strong forward thinking organization providing leadership in defining, through words and deeds, the role of law and lawyers in society. It shall have a growing number of members who will play an increasingly important role in the delivery of legal and public services.

Mision

ZLS exists in order to represent, advance and defend the interest of the legal profession as well as the interest of the public.

Organizational Objectives:

  • The objective of the society is to maintain the honour and dignity of the professional of law,
  • to promote the observance of the rule of law and independent administration of justice and the judiciary and the bar,
  • to promote the administration of justice,
  • to establish and maintain relations and exchanges between the members of the bar and to co-operate with or join with similar organization of similar objectives, national or international.

Contact:

Zanzibar Law Society (ZLS)
P.O. Box 3319
Zanzibar, Tanzania.
Bwawani Hotel-Ground Floor,
Suit No: 107
Tel/Fax: +255 24 2234890
Mobile: +255 777 240403

Email (Office): zls@zanlink


EALS is the largest Professional organization in East Africa, with a specific focus on the professional development of its members as well as promotion of constitutionalism, democracy and good governance, the rule of law and the advancement, promotion and protection of human rights of all people in East Africa and beyond.

Values

  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Gender Equity
  • Integrity
  • Pro-activity
  • Professionalism
  • Diversity