ALSF and Strathmore University award certificates to 36 students and nine Legal Research Team members
As African governments seek to leverage their mineral resources strategically for broad, inclusive development – in alignment with the Africa Mining Vision—the need for strong and sustainable legal capacities in the extractive industry is more important than ever. This fact made the graduating ceremony of the African Mining Legislation Atlas (AMLA) cause for even greater celebration. The ceremony, which represented the apogee of a 10-day workshop, was held on December 12 and attended by the 39 participating students and representatives of all the supporting institutions, including the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), Strathmore University, Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre, Extractives Baraza, and the World Bank.
Organized by the African Legal Support Facility – a public international institution hosted by the African Development Bank – and hosted by Strathmore University’s Extractives Industry Centre (SEIC), the workshop provided its participants with an intensive programme of lectures, presentations, field trips, and interactive group exercises, which covered every dimension of the mining industry. The certificates awarded to the participating students – who hail from 23 African universities across the region – represent a strong foundation in the emerging issues which will govern the future of the extractives industry, from transparency and corporate social responsibility to gender balance, labour rights and environmental protection.
“As you return to your respective countries, you will be AMLA ambassadors. It is very important that the knowledge and information acquired here is disseminated to a wider audience, and clearly this task has been entrusted in very capable hands,” explained Stephen Karangizi, Director of the ALSF.
In a separate ceremony, held on the evening of December 12, the nine members of the Legal Research Team (LRT) received certificates following their year-long contributions to the AMLA platform. Comprised of advanced law students selected from African universities, the LRT was devised in order to develop specialized expertise on the continent, and to populate the AMLA Platform with new national laws, regulations, and with new comparative features.
“I believe AMLA is important because it’s a platform which unites African lawyers – from different countries, different universities, and indeed different realities – in a space which facilitates the identification of shared solutions to shared problems,” said Kathleen Ubisse Capitine, a graduating member of the AMLA Legal Research Team (LRT).