Amidst COVID pandemic challenges, ABA ROLI conducts first virtual training for the African Union

The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI), in partnership with the African Union (AU) Commission, and funded by the Government of the United States of America Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement affairs (INL), conducted its first virtual training session for AU staff. The virtual training, “Privileges and Immunities: Foundations and Intricacies for the AU,” was hosted by the AU Learning Academy on their e-learning platform, and ran from August 31 until September 3, 2020. In total, 23 individuals from AU staff from various departments completed the training and received certificates of completion. The training was conducted under a project  to strengthen AU staff capacity to advise on issues of governance, transnational crime, and peace and security. Additionally, it provided resources on how to propose effective approaches to advancing AU priorities. It also advised on how to successfully oversee and implement mechanisms addressing these issues. The project provides training, mentorship, and resource materials for staff of the AU.

The virtual training examined legal complexities and challenges while grounding discussions in practical examples tailored to the AU context. Led by a law professor from Tufts University, the training was adapted to the virtual context with extensive audience engagement across presentations, discussions, and group work. The participants came from across the AU commission and entities, representing a broad range of experience and various levels of seniority. 

Officially launched on August 31, Ambassador (Dr.) Namira Negm, the Legal Counsel of the AU, underscored the importance of privileges and immunities to the operational environment of the AU at the opening presentation. Dr. Sebastian Albuja, ABA ROLI’s Africa Division Director, closed the training on September 3. During closing, Albuja expressed his appreciation to the Office of the Legal Counsel for their instrumental role in planning and coordinating the training, and to the AU learning academy for hosting the training. 

Learn more about ABA ROLI's work in Africa.