DLA Piper lawyers teach students from across Africa for fourth year running

DLA Piper, through its non-profit organisation New Perimeter, has taught a week-long Special Economic Zone Course for the fourth consecutive year at the University of the Western Cape this week.

An international team of lawyers returned to the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa, to teach the course alongside lawyers from DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyer and the legal counsel for Barclays Africa Group/ABSA, who contributed via video conference.

The course is part of Africa’s first master’s degree on international trade and investment law in Africa, a highly selective course run by the University of Pretoria and the University of the Western Cape and taught at each university on alternate years. The LLM is targeted at graduate-level students from across the African continent.

New Perimeter designed the course at the request of the University of Pretoria to expose Africa’s future policy makers to the legal, policy and regulatory concepts and practices of special economic zones, as well as providing the students with professional legal and practical skills. The course equips the students with the tools and knowledge to critically review and analyse trade and investment options and policies and to act as future trade and investment policy advisers in their respective countries.

The team from DLA Piper includes Claire Donse, New Perimeter programme manager based in the firm’s Paris office; Steffe Kauffam, a partner from Moscow; Kathy Ruhland, a partner based in Minneapolis; Tim Lohse, a partner from Palo Alto; Cezanne Britain, a director at DLA Piper Africa based in Johannesburg; Brisbane-based partner Stephen Webb; and Andrew Chegwidden, a knowledge manager from Dubai.