Eversheds, the Henri Capitant Association, the Foundation for Continental Law, Lextenso, the Loret group, the UNIDA, OHADA.com and the High Council of French Notaries have recently announced plans to sponsor a new OHADA law diploma at the universities of Panthéon-Assas and Paris 13.
The initiative is intended to educate law students and professionals in OHADA law, a legal forum that has been adopted by 17 west and central African nations to facilitate and encourage both domestic and foreign investments in OHADA member states.
The diploma will be open to any holder of a Master’s degree or anyone who has obtained work experience accreditation. The programme will consist of an academic year of lessons given by university professors and practitioners of law and economics in Africa. The training will commence in September 2014, with students graduating in June 2015.
Eversheds also recently announced the launch of the Eversheds African Law Institute (EALI), creating an entity in the region that will allow member law firms in Africa to access training and knowledge sharing programmes while fostering commercial opportunities on a regional and international basis. Firms in 20 countries (Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Comoros, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan and Tunisia) have so far signed up as members of EALI.
The founding member organisations are Basma & Macaulay, Cabinet 2S, Cabinet Ba&Tian, Cabinet Brizoua-Bi Bile-Aka, Cabinet Djogbenou, Cabinet Yezid El yezid, Cabinet Sylla & Associés, CWA Morocco, Eversheds El Heni, El Hussein Ahmed Salih Law Firm, EVC Advogados, AG Advogados, JLD&MB, Perchstone & Graeys and SCP Ngassam Njike & Associés.
The Africa Group and EALI are headed by Boris Martor.