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Our mission is to:

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To conduct, support, and encourage non-partisan and scientific legal research that promotes respect for the rule of law in order to secure the better administration of justice in Africa.

2. To develop and provide as necessary, or at the request of African governments or private corporations, innovative legal consultancy and training programs for professionals including judges, attorneys, public servants and others to enhance their capacity to carry out their duties with the highest standard of professionalism and integrity.

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To build a viable epistemic community of legal scholars, judges, policy-makers, attorneys, researchers, business leaders, institutions and other stakeholders committed to cultivating and strengthening good governance, democracy and the rule of law in Africa.

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To serve as a forum for the open and informed exchange of ideas and experiences, and the promotion of co-operation and co-ordination of efforts on African legal, public policy, and international relations issues, including studies on such issues in order to develop practical solutions.

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To engage the African public on the continent and in the diaspora in an informed dialogue on effective governance through the dissemination of our research results through publications and public events.

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To achieve high standards of legal research and excellent scholarly publications.

Our long-term goals are:

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To become the leading legal research and training think tank in Africa. The Institute will recruit and engage Africa's best legal minds with expertise in different areas of law from all regions of the continent to identify and advance policy options that are sensitive to Africa's development.

2. To become the leader in interdisciplinary research on critical legal and policy questions pertaining to Africa. We will engage in innovative research on critical legal and policy questions in priority areas identified independently, in consultation with African governments, legal practitioners, academics and other experts and stakeholders in Africa's public and private sectors.

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To become the principal legal advocate for, and custodian of, the public interest of poor and marginalized Africans. In seeking to uphold the public interest to the best of its ability, the Institute would act as a self-appointed custodian of the human rights of poor and disenfranchised Africans, especially minorities. In so doing, the Institute would guard its independence and autonomy to avoid undue influence by governments or other entities, especially in respect to its research programme and results.

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To serve as the source for reliable information that fosters civil society participation in the development of legal and public policy. Believing that all Africans should participate in making the decisions that affect their lives, the Institute will encourage informed civil society participation and input in the development of legal and public policy. In this vein, and cognizant of the low levels of literacy in most African countries, the Institute will strive to produce and disseminate its publications in plain and simple language so that they will be accessible to people with varied levels of education. In addition, the Institute will harness modern technologies, including the Internet, radio as well as print media, to disseminate information about the law through targeted campaigns in local African languages and public consultations/meetings in both rural and urban communities.