The SADC Lawyers' Association is the representative body of lawyers, law societies and bar associations in the 15 member SADC region.
Formed in 1999 at an inaugural meeting of lawyers in the SADC Region that was held in Maputo, Mozambique, the mission of the Association is to uphold and defend the rule of law without fear or favour. At its formation, the headquarters of the Association was located in South Africa and hosted by the Law Society of South Africa. In 2003, the office relocated to Botswana and was registered in that country under the Societies Act in April of 2003.
The office moved back to South Africa in 2011 and was registered as a non profit company in terms of the South African Companies Act in July of 2012. The relocation of the office is in line with Article 22 of the Association’s Constitution which states that “The Headquarters of the Association shall be in such place as the General Meeting may from time to time determine.” The resolution to relocate the office from Botswana to South Africa followed a realisation by the association’s membership and council that it was becoming increasingly expensive to operate the office from Botswana due to limited availability and increasing costs of facilities that are necessary for the day to day operations of the Association.