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The SADC Lawyers Association is the representative body of lawyers, law societies and bar associations in the 15 member SADC region. Formed in 1999 at an inaugural meeting of lawyers in the SADC Region that was held in Maputo, Mozambique, the mission of the Association is to uphold and defend the rule of law without fear or favour. At its formation, the headquarters of the Association was located in South Africa and hosted by the Law Society of South Africa. In 2003, the office relocated to Botswana and was registered in that country under the Societies Act in April of 2003. The office of the Association was moved from Gaborone, Botswana to Pretoria, South Africa on the 17th of March 2011 following a resolution by the 2009 Annual General Meeting of the Association in Livingstone, Zambia to relocate the office.


The SADC LAWYERS ASSOCIATION Annual General Meeting AND CONFERENCE

The 2012 SADC Lawyers’ Association Annual General Meeting and Conference will be held from the 23rd to the 26th of August at the Royal Swazi Spa in Ezulwini, Swaziland. This is the first time that the AGM and Conference will be held in Swaziland and true to tradition; the organisers have lined up renowned Swazi and international speakers to grace the conference.


Delegates will arrive on the 23rd of August and depart on the 26th of August. Everyone is however encouraged to stay longer as the Ezulwini Valley is the heart of Swaziland’s beauty with monuments, museums, Swazi culture and craft as well as the King’s Grand Residence. The valley also offers a number of exquisite hotels, 18 hole golf courses, horse riding and hiking (www.go2africa.com). Ezulwini is located between the two major cities of Mbabane and Manzini and about 15 KM from the airport.

The organisers have negotiated special rates with some of the hotels in Ezulwini for the AGM and Conference delegates. Delegates are encouraged to book and pay in advance directly with the hotels in order to benefit from the special rates. When making a booking, delegates must indicate that they will be attending the 2012 SADC Lawyers’ Association AGM and Conference for the special rates to apply. In addition, the Law Society of Swaziland the SADC Lawyers’ Association secretariats will be available to provide any further information that the conference delegates may require. A USD 320 registration fee must be paid directly to the Law Society of Swaziland into the AGM Account whose details are given below:


Account Name: SADC Lawyers Association AGM and conference

Bank Name: Standard Bank

Account No: 0140090080702
Branch: Mbabane
Branch Code: 663164
Swift Code: SBICSZMX

The conference fee covers Airport Transfers, transfers from hotels to the conference venue, welcome cocktail on the 23rd of August, farewell dinner on the 25th of August, meals and teas during the conference and conference bags and materials. This fee is applicable until the 31st of July 2012. From 1-17 August, a late registration fee of $ 340 will be applicable. No registration will be accepted after the 17th of August. The registration fee does not include accommodation, meals (other than those indicated above) and extramural activities.

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