The SADCLA is a voluntary association made up of law societies, bar associations and individual lawyers from the 15 member Southern African region. It is the only organization that effectively brings together lawyers from the sub Region.
When the SADC Lawyers'’ Association speaks, it does so as a truly regional organisation, which gives a fair hearing to all points of view from members representing small or developing bars as well as the larger ones.
An Objective Association.
The overall focus of the SADC Lawyers'’ Association is on advancing and promoting human rights, the rule of law, democracy and good governance in the SADC Region and beyond.
Human Rights Defenders.
We're a valuable resource in formulation and implementation of pro-people policies that result in greater fostering of a culture of adherence to the rule of law and respect of the rights of the citizens.
Annual General Meeting.
The General Meeting is the governing body of the SADC Lawyers'’ Association. Organisational Members of the SADC Lawyers'’ Association send delegates to this meeting who have the opportunity to influence decision-making.
An Authoritative and
The organization was formed in 1999 at an inaugural meeting that was held by SADC regional lawyers in Maputo, Mozambique. Since its formation, the organization has been involved in numerous activities at the regional and international levels to strengthen, defend and advance the rule of law in the SADC region and beyond.
There cannot be rule of law in the absence of an independent judiciary in theory and practice. The SADCLA is the vehicle through which the legal profession from the SADC region collectively promotes justice, defends human rights, the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary and generally gives direction and control to the legal profession.
The Association is acutely aware that an independent, competent and efficient legal profession in the region provides a solid basis for an independent judiciary in the SADC region. There cannot be rule of law in the absence of an independent judiciary in theory and practice.