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The African Society of International Law (AfSIL) is pleased to announce that the 11th Annual Conference of the Society will take place on 28-29 October 2022, in Cairo, Egypt on the theme: “Africa and the Challenge of Climate Change.” Taking place a week before the onset of the UN Climate Change Conference COP 27 in Egypt, the Conference will be a unique opportunity to explore the climate change crisis through the lens of international law.  

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (“IPCC”), Africa is among those that have contributed the least to greenhouse gas emissions, yet key development sectors have already experienced widespread losses and damages attributable to climate change, including biodiversity loss, water shortages, reduced food production, loss of lives and reduced economic growth. Despite these challenges, UNDP experts say Africa has the potential to move the world toward a secure climate-resilient future since it has the youngest population, the largest amount of arable land and the greatest potential for restoration.  Indeed, important efforts at developing renewable energy and restoring lands and ecosystems are underway on the continent. Both the impacts and the solutions related to climate change touch upon virtually every aspect of international law.

The Conference aims to bring together prominent academics, policymakers, practitioners, and experts to explore the issue of climate change as it relates to various fields of international law with the goal of understanding both the magnitude of the challenges and the opportunities we must seize before it is too late.

The Conference will be held in Cairo, Egypt and also virtually, via Zoom. It will be co-hosted by the leading Cairo law firm Zulficar & Partners.



Friday, 28 october 2022

9.00-9.45 am – opening Ceremony

Makane MoIse Mbengue

Professor, University of Geneva, Sciences Po

Raymond Ranjeva

Former Judge, International Court of Justice

Ms. Tafadzwa Pasipanodya

Partner, Foley Hoag LLP, Vice-President of AfSIL

H.E. Raymond Ranjeva

Honorary President of AfSIL, Former Vice-President of the International Court of Justice

Prof. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Wahab

Professor, Cairo University & Founding Partner, Zulficar & Partners, Chair of the 11th Annual Conference of AfSIL

Prof. Patricia Kameri-Mbote

Director, Law Division United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

9.50-10.30am – Keynote Speech by Prof. Makane Moïse Mbengue, university of Geneva & Sciences Po Paris, President of AfSIL: Africa’s Contribution to the Climate Change Regime: Back to the Future…

Chair: AMBASSDOR DR.NAMIRA NEGM, Director of the African Migration Observatory

11.00-12.15pm – Panel I: African Perspectives to Climate Change Legal and Institutional Governance

Chair: DR.GUY-FLEURY NTWARI, Legal Counsel, African Union Commission

Stephanie Njiomo

Chargée de programme Climat, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation, Le droit face au défi climatique

Pedi Obani

Associate professor, University of Bradford School of Law, Transnational Litigation and Prospects for Climate Action in Developing Countries

Jean Matringe

Professeur, Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, Appréciation critique de « l’approche par les droits » du changement climatique dans le contexte africain

Halima Doma-Kutigi

Partner, Kutigi & Co, Climate Litigation in Nigeria: Gains, Challenges, and Opportunities

Alkarakpey Méyssouun

Doctorante, Centre de droit public de l’universite de Lomé, L’Afrique dans la Gouvernance climatique mondiale : les enjeux de la mise en œuvre de l’Accord de Paris pour le Continent Africain

1.15-2.30pm – Panel II: Strategies for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in the African Context

Francesco Luigi Gatta

Post-doctoral Research and Lecturer, University of Tuscia, Climate Change, Food Security and Migration: What Role for the Cooperation between the European Union and the African Union?

Stephanie Naa Oserwa Schandorf

Associate Director, Gulf of Guinea Maritime Institute, Ocean Resilience, Climate Change and the African Dilemma

Iga Jozefiak

PhD Candidate, Institute of Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva, Strengthening the Science-Policy Nexus: Lessons for Africa

2.35-3.50pm – Panel III: Climate Change, Trade and the AfCFTA

Chair: Prof. DR MOHAMED ABDEL WAHAB, Dr, Professor, Cairo University & Founding Partner, Zulficar & Partners, Chair of the 11th Annual Conference of AfSIL

Anais Cren-Larvor

​Chargée de projets de coopération internationale, Astove conseil, Utiliser les Accords de Libre-échange pour Promouvoir de Nouveaux Marchés Verts : Focus sur la ZLECAF et le Commerce des Biens et Services Environnementaux

Uchenna Anyamele

Legal Consultant, Hakakire Legal Consulting Services/Unicaf University, Tackling Climate Change under the African Continental Free Trade Area

Kiai Lusweti Gachanja

Trainee Lawyer, Dentons Hamilton Harrison and Mathews, The AfCFTA: Challenges and Opportunities for MFN, National Treatment and Technical Barriers to Trade in the context of Climate Change Mitigation

Lucas Narciso Pimenta Ricardo

LL.M candidate, University of Bern, Reconciling Trade and Climate: How can the AfCFTA help Address Climate Change in Africa

4.20-5.50pm – Panel Iv: Climate Change and International Investment Law

Ben Sanderson

Of Counsel, DLA Piper, A roadmap for Africa: Reconciling climate change policies and investment law obligations

​Isabella Bellera Landa

Associate, White & Case, LLP, Decarbonization in Africa and International Investment Law: Challenges and Opportunities

Mawuto Tossa

Editor and West Africa Regional Representative, Afronomicslaw Academic Forum, Concilier Attraction des Investissements et Action pour le Climat : la Contribution des Organisations Régionales Africaines

Justice Osei-Afriyie

Ph.D candidate, University of Liverpool School of Law and Social Justice, Investment Law Policy Reforms of African States in the Age of Climate Governance: A Paradigm Shift or The Changing Guard?

John P. Belinga

Associate, DLA Piper, Climate Change and the Prospect of Deregulatory Takings Claims in Investment Law

Rimdolmsom Jonathan Kabre

Academic Director, University of Pretoria, Climate Change and/in the Settlement of Investment Disputes: The Impossible Convergence?

Cocktail Reception

Dr. Jasmine Moussa

Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Prof. Nilufer Oral

National University of Singapore

Dr. Guy-Fleury Ntwari

Legal Counsel, African Union Commission

Saturday, 29 october 2022

9.30-10.15am – Keynote speech and conversation

Annette Magnusson

Co-founder, Climate Change Counsel

10.20-11.35am – Panel V: Climate Change, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Security

Margareta Werwrinke

Assistant Professor, University of Leiden, The Quest for an Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on Climate Change

Emmanuel Guematcha

Maître de conférences, Université de Guyane, Changement climatique et justice transitionnelle en Afrique

Pieter Van Welzen

Senior Consultant, CMS South Africa, The Role of Financial Institutions under International Law to Address Climate Change

Hala Ahmed Rashidy

Associate professor, University of Cairo, A Dialectic Relationship: How do Environmental Challenges Affect Human Security? Climate Change and Armed Conflict Nexus in Africa as a Case Study

Aubin Nzaou-Kongo

Postdoctoral fellow, University of Houston Law Center, The African Union and the Governance of the Climate-Energy Nexus

11.50am-1.05pm – Panel vI: Climate Change and Human and Peoples’ Rights

Olalekan Moyosore Lalude

​Ph.D candidate, Babcock University School of Law and Security Studies, Crystal Clear Our Waters Gleamed: Protecting the Right to a Safe and Healthy Environment in Africa

Yusra Suedi

Postdoctoral fellow, London School of Economics & Political Science, Admissibility Challenges in Climate Change Litigation before the African System of Human Rights

Bonheur Minzoto

Ph.D. candidate, University of Manchester, Human Rights and Climate Change Litigation in Africa: Can the OHADA Common Court of Justice and Arbitrage Adjudicate?

Mariam Hiba Malik

Researcher, Pretoria Institute of Security Studies, The Climate-Crisis-Gender-Based Violence Nexus: An Opportunity for Artificial Intelligence?

2.00-3.25pm – roundtable in Partnership with ASIL 2022 Signature Topic and the Geneva Experts Group on Trade and Climate Action: CoP27 and Beyond: Strengthening Cooperation for Climate Action

3.30-4.30pm – Business Perspective on Renewable Energy Transition in Africa: Challenges and opportunities

Closing Ceremony

Chair: ISABELLE ROUCHE, Partner, Asafo & Co, Secretary General of AfSIL

Ambassador Dr. Namira Negm

Director of the African Union Observatory for Migration

Prof. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Wahab

Professor, Cairo University & Founding Partner, Zulficar & Partners, Chair of the 11th Annual Conference of AfSIL

Makane Moise Mbengue

President of AfSIL

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