Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU)

Pan African Lawyers Union

Country: Tanzania
Website: lawyersofafrica.org
Focal Point: Grace Mbogo, Programme Officer – Economic Governance
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Tel: +255 688 29 3535

Mission and vision

Vision: A united, just and prosperous Africa built on the rule of law and good governance.

Mission: To advance the law and the legal profession, rule of law, good governance, human and peoples’ rights and socio-economic development of the African continent.

General description of the CSO work in the anti-corruption area

PALU is implementing a 3-year project aimed at enhancing the level of transparency and accountability in business transactions in Africa through the development and adoption of a Code of Ethics on Anti-Corruption and Compliance Standards for African Lawyers. Key activities include development of the Code and regional training seminars on anti-corruption efforts.

PALU is also a steering committee member of the Multi Sectoral Working Group (MSWG) on combatting corruption in Africa. One of our responsibilities under the MSWG is organising the annual civil society forum that aims at creating a strong network of civil society stakeholders with enhanced engagement with the African Union-Advisory Board on Corruption that are aimed at achieving stronger and sustainable outcomes in the fight against corruption in Africa.

Specific description of the CSO work in relation to the UNCAC

We are not currently implementing any activity that is directly connected with the implementation of UNCAC or its review mechanism. However, through our other project activities we are indirectly supporting the implementation of UNCAC principles. For instance, through the MSWG, PALU is supporting the implementation of core principles of the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combatting Corruption (AUCPCC). Some of the principles of the AUCPCC and UNCAC are similar for instance with regard to prevention and criminalization of corruption as are some of the principles on asset recovery.

Anti-Corruption Events in your region in 2017

  1. East Africa Anti-Corruption Dialogue (23rd – 24th March 2017)
  2. Northern Africa Regional Training Seminar on the Code of Ethics on Anti-Corruption and Compliance Standards for African Lawyers (TBD)
  3. Pan African Lawyers Union Annual Conference & General Assembly (5th–8th July 2017)
  4. The annual Civil Society Forum (TBD)

If you or someone from your organization has participated in a workshop on UNCAC and its review mechanism organized by UNODC/ UNCAC Coalition, please indicate who, when and where

Grace Mbogo, Regional Conference on Fast-tracking Implementation of UNCAC, Sarova Panafric Hotel, Nairobi, 14–17 February 2017

Civil Society