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The International Law Discussion Series

CILPA and the University of Makeni (UNIMAK) are co-hosting a series of International Law Discussions in Sierra Leone, aimed at:

  • Initiating dialogues in order to promote the dissemination, wider appreciation of international law and its implementation in Sierra Leone.
  • Raising awareness on the international law-making process, the role of legal practitioners and impact on domestic implementation.
  • Encouraging specific treaty action on critical international and regional treaties and promote effective and timeous implementation.
  • Engendering an inclusive and transparent process for domestication of international law instruments in Sierra Leone.
  • Encouraging participation in the human rights treaty reporting processes and, thereby strengthen the legal regime for the promotion and protection of human rights.


Legal practitioners, academics, personnel of the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government, representatives of foreign missions, international organizations and non-governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector (in particular the Chambers of Commerce and Mines).  While the above events are aimed primarily at a national audience, given the selected theme which aims to demonstrate the relevance of international law for the Sierra Leonean legal profession, participants from other African countries especially the ECOWAS countries are welcome.


Quarterly (every three months) hybrid in-person and virtual sessions. These may take the form of panel discussions and/or workshops to allow for exchange of ideas. Provides basis for in-depth analysis of the outcome documents to serve as blueprint for decisive intervention in the areas discussed. The panels may not be more than two hours, and technology permitting, may be followed by breakout workshop segments for a maximum of two hours and a maximum of an hour reporting and closing segment.


The International Law Discussion Series will be conducted in four sessions on the following topics reflecting diverse areas of international law:

  1. Session 1 on the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (“New York Convention”) to which Sierra Leone acceded as the 166th State Party on 28 October 2020 with entry into force effective 26 January 2021 (this event was a collaboration between CILPA and the Sierra Leonian Bar Association already held on 25 February 2021 at the Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel in Freetown, Sierra Leone – Click here for concept note and program).
  2. Session 2 on Sierra Leone’s Universal Periodic Review in the  United Nations Human Rights Council (this event  took place on 21 January 2022 at the Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel in Freetown, Sierra Leone, co-hosted by UNIMAK) – click here for the concept note and program );
  3. Session 3 on the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court amendments and the need for implementing legislation under Sierra Leonean domestic law, cohosted by CILPA and UNIMAK (date to be announced); and
  4. Session 4 on the Law of the Sea/International Environmental Law (with a focus on sea level rise in relation to international law and marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, cohosted by CILPA and UNIMAK (date to be announced).

Further information on these upcoming series will be posted on the CILPA website in the near future. In the meantime, should you have an interest in learning more or participating in any of the workshops, we invite you to email us at [email protected]


Sierra Leone’a Accession to the New York Convention:  Significance, Opportunities, Challenges and the Next Steps  Co-sponsored by the Sierra Leonean Bar Association.  25 February 2021, 10:00 – 15:15 GMT, Radisson Blu Hotel, Freetown and Via Zoom  The Center for International Law and...


Sierra Leone and the Human Rights Council: A Review of the UPR Recommendations and National Plans for Future Implementation  Co-sponsored by the University of Makeni.    Friday, 21 January 2022: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm GMT, Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel, Freetown and Via Zoom  The Center for...

Past Events

The Current and Future work of the International Law Commission

The Florida International University College of Law (“FIU Law”), together with the Center for International Law and Policy in Africa (“CILPA”) convened a public symposium in Miami, Florida on Friday November 4, 2022, and online to discuss The Current and Future Work of the International Law Commission.


Universal Criminal Jurisdiction: A Key Tool in the Fight Against Impunity for Atrocity Crimes in Ukraine and Beyond?

The Center for International Law and Policy in Africa and the International Bar Association –and hosted by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP – convened an interactive dialogue on Universal Criminal Jurisdiction: A Key Tool in the Fight for Atrocity Crimes in Ukraine and Beyond?, on Tuesday, October 25th in New York, and online. The discussion reflected a range of perspectives from academia, State representatives, experts from the International Law Commission and global civil society.


The ICC Colloquium Series Africa, the Ukraine Crisis, and International Law: Quo Vadis?

The Center for International Law and Policy in Africa (CILPA), with the co-sponsorship of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and the International Nuremberg Principles Academy (Nuremberg Academy), launched a series of roundtable discussions exploring International Law and the Use of Force, especially in the context of the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine

ICC Colloquium Series: The ICC Prosecutor Election Process: A Post-Mortem on 29 March 2021.

The roundtable discussion was facilitated by Professor Charles Jalloh with commentary by Angela Mudukuti, Open Society Foundation; Ambassador Sabine Nölke, Chair, ICC Committee on the Election of the Prosecutor; and Owiso Owiso, PhD Candidate University of Luxembourg. 


Sierra Leone's Accession to the New York Convention: Significance, Opportunities, Challenges and Next Steps on 25 February 2021.

 The keynote speech was delivered by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice of Sierra Leone, the Hon. Anthony Y. Brewah, Esq.


Symposium and Book Launch: The Legal Legacy of the Special Court for Sierra Leone on 17 December 2020.

 The keynote speech was delivered by Member of the International Law Commission, Professor at Florida International University College of Law, and author Dr.  Charles C. Jalloh.