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WHO WE ARE

We are a non-profit 

We work to ensure Africans are better placed to participate effectively in the glocal legal community

Our Expertise

  • International Investment Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Investor-State Arbitration
  • International Commercial Arbitration

Our Mission

  • Promote sustainable economic development in African countries
  • Advance international economic law in Africa
  • Provide equal opportunities for Africa in international law
  • Encourage recognition of African international law practitioners

DIRECTORS

Dr Rukia Baruti

Dr Rukia Baruti is the founder and Managing Director of AILA.  She specialises in international investment law, with a particular focus on Africa.  She also sits as arbitrator in arbitrations conducted under various arbitration rules. Rukia was listed in The Lawyer magazine's ‘Hot 100’, in recognition of her pro-bono work for Africa. She holds a PhD (Hons) from the University of Geneva, a first class LLB (Hons) degree from the University of London, an MA in Diplomatic Studies and a Graduate Diploma in International Studies with an emphasis on public international law and international relations.  Prior to founding AILA, she practised law at SJ Berwin’s International Arbitration Group in London where she was involved in the arbitration and litigation of commercial disputes, a majority of which were international in nature.

Debbie Emmanuel

Debbie Emmanuel is Head of Africa and the Middle East at the British Arab Commercial Bank, London.  Her role is to originate and execute both traditional and structured trade transactions. She has worked on various transactions across industries - oil & gas, metals & telecoms - in many of the countries including Ghana, Nigeria, Angola, Kenya, South Africa, and Ivory Coast. The deals have involved both financial institutions and corporates (local and international) on bilateral and syndicated bases.  Prior to J.P Morgan, Debbie worked at Standard Banks’ Structured Trade and Commodity Finance team. In the course of her time at Standard she worked in their London, South Africa and New York offices.  Debbie holds a Bsc in Computer Science from the University of Sussex and an MBA from City University Business School.

ADVISORY BOARD

COUNTRY COMMITTEES

Botswana

Cameroon

Congo

  • Dr Roland Bembelly

Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Aubin R Mabanza, Klam & Partners
  • Christian K. Lukusa, CLK Law Office
  • Tim Mutay, MKM Partners

Egypt

  • Mohamed Khalaf, Egyptian State Law Suits Authority
  • Dr Tarek Gomaa, University of Cairo
  • Ms Amira Hamdy

Ethiopia

  • Haregewein Ashenafi
  • Aklog Gelaglie Demissie, Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation

The Gambia

  • Gibriel Bah
  • Marie Saine-Firdaus

Ghana

Kenya

Liberia

  • Niveda Ricks, UN Mission Liberia

Mauritius

Nigeria
  • Olusola Adegbonmire, Sola Ajijola & Co.
  • Ngozi Mozie, Federal Ministry of Justice, Abuja

Senegal

Sierra Leone

  • Maurice Garber, Maurice R. Garber, Private Practice
  • Emmanuel Shears Moses, University of Sierra Leone
Rwanda

Tanzania

  • Aisha Ally Sinda, Bowmans Tanzania
  • Aidah Alfred Kisumo, Attorney General's Chambers
  • Dr Zakayo N. Lukumay, Law School of Tanzania

Uganda

  • Jimmy Muyanja, Muyanja & Associates, Advocates, Solicitors & Legal Consultants

Zambia

  • Ronald Hatoongo, University of Zambia

Zimbabwe

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