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African Law Library launches

The new African Law Library is launched at the African Union's headquarters in Addis Ababa/Ethiopia on 28 November 2013. A programme of the African Innovation Foundation, with as implementing partner, African Law Library is the brainchild of Angolan-Swiss entrepreneur and investor Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais. It is a free online resource offering access to full-text legislation and court decisions from across Africa, official documentation of regional and international institutions, and a wide range of Africa-focused legal comment and information.

Not just a classic law library, the African Law Library is an important information resource making available materials on governance, transparency, the role of custom and tradition in legal processes, and related issues. Key aims are to promote innovative approaches to African legal issues, transparency and good government across the Continent, and to promote the important roles which tradition and customary approaches to law must continue to play in Africa's future.

The distinguished speakers at the African Law Library launch in Addis Ababa include:
•    Ambassador Walter Fust, Chairman, African Innovation Foundation
•    Prof. Menberetsehai Tadesse, Director General, Justice and Legal System Research Institute (JLSRI), Judge COMESA Court of Justice, ALL National Partner Ethiopia
•    Dr Atangana Eteme, Legal Advisor, ALL National Partner Cameroon
•    H.A.Warkani, Principal Library Officer, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
•    Dr Daniel Odeleye, Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Abuja
•    Dr Samuel Kobia, Commissioner, Judicial Service Commission of Kenya and Member of the Board of Foundation of, Kenya National Partner and Implementing Partner

as well as key members of the African Law Library team:
•    Prof. Dr Christoph Stueckelberger, Programme Director African Law Library and Founder
•    Dr Patrick Lessene, Senior Legal Adviser African Law Library
•    Abaa Rosa Haenseler,  Programme Coordinator African Law Library

Following the launch, cocktails are offered as well as an opportunity for invited guests from regional and international institutions and organisations and institutions from across Africa to try out using the new African Law Library.