Representative body of lawyers, 
law societies and bar associations. 


Objective of the Association

The overall focus of the SADC Lawyers’ Association is on advancing and promoting human rights, the rule of law, democracy and good governance in the SADC Region and beyond. This overall programming focus is informed by the Association’s objects as envisaged at its formation and outlined in the Association’s Constitution. These objects as stated in Article 4 of the Association’s Constitution are to:

  • Maintain and promote the Rule of Law throughout the SADC Region and to promote human rights, including the rights of people with disabilities, women and children;
  • Work with, support and complement the work of the African Bar Association, The Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association and other international organisations with similar objectives;
  • Ensure that the people of Region are served by an independent and efficient legal profession;
  • Ensure that a common bond of co-operation within the Region is preserved and fostered by strengthening of professional links between members of the legal profession and to enhance their interests;
  • Promote the honour, integrity of the profession and uniformity in standards of professional ethics;
  • Encourage the improvement of standards of legal education and the promotion of exchange of legal expertise and institute exchange programmes for lawyers and students;
  • Encourage the harmonisation of the legal system of the Region;
  • Facilitate and increase the flow of professional information between Law Societies and Bar;
  • Associations of the Region on developments relevant to the organisation and servicing of the practising legal profession;
  • Hold regular Regional Law Conferences, open to all branches of the legal profession throughout the Region, and promote as wide an attendance thereat as is practicable;
  • Respond as appropriate to ad hoc requests for information and assistance received from Law Societies and Bar Associations within the Region;
  • Provide support for Law Societies, Bar Associations and other appropriate organisations and legal professional associations concerned with matters of common interest;
  • Generally to do all that is necessary to further the interests of the legal profession throughout the Region with a view to improving the legal services available to and provided for the public; and
  • To facilitate conflict resolution amongst countries, organisations and individuals within the Region by way of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.