On July 5-6, Africa Legal Aid convened in Johannesburg a Pan-African conference on Human Rights and Business, in cooperation with law firm Webber Wentzel. The event brought together legal experts, business leaders, civil society representatives, and public officials who engaged in lively and inspiring debates about the various aspects of the interface between corporate accountability and human rights in Africa. The full report of the conference shall be issued in September; in the meantime, we invite you to take a look at some pictures taken during the event, which have been published on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Africa-Legal-Aid-AFLA/111108335669002
The youth essay competition, another component of our Human Rights and Business program, closed on July 15th. Prizes are of US$500, 250, 150 respectively; also, the three winning essays will be published in Africa Legal Aid’s flagship journal, the ALFA Quarterly. We received papers approaching a diverse array of topics in regard to human rights and business accountability on the African continent, from young people originating in different African countries. We thank contestants for sharing their reflections on the issues at stake, we are reading with great interest their submissions and will release the final results of the evaluation in September.