The Harvard African Law Association (HALA) is a student organization at the Harvard Law School. The mission of HALA is to unite African students and students interested in Africa, and increase awareness of legal, social and economic issues that shape and concern the continent of Africa.
We plan to build on the momentum we have generated from previous years as we move into the new school year, and we will keep you up to date on upcoming HALA events and activities through emails and updates to the website, so be sure to check back now and again. We appreciate your support of HALA and look forward to seeing you around this year!
2012-2013 UPCOMING EVENTS
HASA Africa Night: Faces of Africa
April 7, 2013;
Dinner & Mixer at 5:00pm; Main Show at 6:00pm;
Join HASA for a night of African food, people, performances, laughter, love, joy and general Africanness.
4th Annual Harvard African Development Conference is here!
Visible Change in Africa: One Innovation at a Time
March 8th-9th, 2013;
Sheraton Commander & Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Building
The African student organizations of Harvard University are excited to have you attend this year’s Development Conference, entitled “Visible Change in Africa: One Innovation at a Time.” This year, the discussions will be centered on highlighting innovative practical projects and development programs that have been established in various African nations and the visible impact generated from such endeavors.
Attendees can look forward to panels on:
- Economic Empowerment for Women Entrepreneurs,
- Opportunities for Fashion and Entertainment Law in Africa,
- Re-conceptualizing Education in Protracted Crises,
- Leveraging Existing Resources for Change in Public-Private Partnerships,
- China and Brazil in the African economy, and
- Building Sustainable Heath Systems to Move Beyond Disease Based Aid.
The HADC is a multidisciplinary conference put on by a collaboration of our gracious and generous sponsors and African Student Groups at:
Harvard Law School
Harvard Kennedy School
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Harvard School of Public Health
Harvard Medical School
HALA Spring Break Trip
Spring break dates are March 16 – 24, 2013
[actual dates for trip may vary]
15th Annual Africa Business Conference
Redefining Africa – The Emergence of a New African Story?
February 15th-17th, 2013; Harvard Business School
The Africa Business Conference at HBS is the one of the largest student-run events focused on business in Africa. It brings together about 1,000 participants and is the ultimate networking opportunity for business and community leaders, corporate sponsors, students, educators from around the world, and anyone passionate about business opportunities in Africa. This year will mark the 15th year anniversary of the conference and promises to be a spectacular event.
Website for last years conference: http://www.hbsafricaconference.com/
Rebuilding the Legal System after the Fall of a Government
November 28, 2012; 12:00pm – 1:00pm; WCC 2004
Historically and very recently, the African continent has seen a number of momentous and sometimes volatile regime changes. Using contemporary examples like Libya, Tunisia, and the Two Sudans, speakers will address potential challenges and strategies to institute rule of law and achieve legal reform in these situations.
Getting to Zero: AIDS Charity Dinner Panel
What: Three course dinner, panel speakers and live entertainment
When: November 30, 2012, 6:00 PM
Where: 2036 Milstein East B, Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA 02138
Featured Speakers: Dr. Rolande Hodel (AIDSFreeAFRICA), Wendy Arnold (West Africa AIDS Foundation) & Beatrice Wainaina-Adiedo (MRA-Africa)
Entertainment: DJ Ceazer & Drummer Hicham Mhammedi Alaoui
Proceeds: 100% of proceeds will go to AIDSFreeAfrica [Total proceeds were over $2,000]
Attire: Cocktail dress
Co-Sponsors: The Harvard Law School Milbank Tweed Fund, BLSA, WLA, LIDS, ABC, HASA, HCLA and Advocates for Human Rights.
Visit our facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/174120096061948/
Boston-Area African Clubs – Cross School Mixer
Thursday, November 15; 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm; John Harvard’s
Please join the Fletcher Africana Club in an networking event with other Africana chapters from the Boston based schools MIT Sloan, HKS, HBS, HLS, HSPH, HGSE, HMS and Tufts Ubuntu. We are all co-sponsoring the event as a great opportunity to interact and network with Africa oriented minds and unwind in a cosy atmosphere. Appetizer’s will be served!
Please RSVP so we know how many will come: http://africana-grad-boston.eventbrite.com/
Mali Health Organizing Project Cocktail Reception and Fundraiser
Friday, November 16, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Cambridge College, 100 Massachusetts Avenue Room 152
The Mali Health Organizing Project is transforming maternal and child health through community empowerment in West Africa. We hope you will join us for an evening of cocktails, live Malian music, conversation, and an opportunity to learn more about Mali Health from our Executive Director, Kris Ansin.
Please RSVP by November 10th to lauren at malihealth.org. Donations are appreciated, but not required.
Student Activities Fair
Thursday, September 20, 2012, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Milstein East
Welcome to HLS, JD ’15 and LL.M. ’13! HALA will have a table at the 2012 Student Activities Fair. Please stop by to meet our executive board and discuss our plans for the upcoming school year. You will also get the opportunity to join our e-mail list so that we can keep you updated about HALA activities!
First HALA General Body meeting
Wednesday, September 26 2012, 12-1pm. WCC B010.
Come enjoy some African food and learn about how you can get involved in HALA this year.
Center For African Studies (CAS) Welcome Reception
Thursday, September 27 2012,4-6pm. Thompson Room, Barker Center.
Join the Center for African Studies (CAS) for a welcome event for or all new African students at Harvard.
All-Harvard Africa Mixer.
Friday, October 19 2012. 8-10pm. Ticknor Lounge.
Welcome to Harvard! Enjoy free food, African music, and new friends. Sponsored by African student organizations across Harvard community
HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2011-2012
Wednesday, October 11 2011: Taking Root: A Tribute to Wangari Maathai. Film screening in honor of the late Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya.
Thursday, October 13 2011: Africa Poetry Featuring musical performances and poetry readings from distinguished poets such as Afaa Michael Weaver and Ifeanyi Menkiti.Night.
Wednesday, October 26 2011: African Election Security Lecture by General Agyemfra, a UN security expert who has overseen elections in Nigeria, Sudan, and most recently, Liberia.
Wednesday, November 16 2011: Protecting Human Rights Under Sharia Law: A Conversation with Hauwa Ibrahim. Featuring Sakharav-prize winning activist and lawyer Hauwa Ibrahim, renowned for her representation of Amina Lawal.
Thursday, December 1 2011: Getting to Zero: AIDS Charity Dinner. Celebration of World AIDS Day Featuring 3 course meal, guest speaker Prof. Mark Barnes (executive director of Harvard AIDS programs in Nigeria, Tanzania, and Botswana). Proceeds went to Village Health Works, a clinic in Rwanda.
Tuesday, February 21 2012: Fighting for Gay Rights in Uganda. Discussion with Ugandan gay rights Activist Val Kalende and former Human Rights Watch director Scott Long one year after the murder of activist David Kato.
Friday, February 24 2012: Tastes of the Diaspora. Arts and culture night featuring African, Caribbean, and soul food in honor of black history month; proceeds go to the Africa Summit’s charity work in Namibia.
Friday-Saturday, March 23-24, 2012: Harvard African Development Conference 2012.
Harvard African Development Conference 2012 was a success! We appreciate and thank everybody who came out to the events and for all the individuals and groups across the Harvard schools and in the community who worked hard to bring the conference to fruition. We also thank all the speakers and panelists who came from all over the world and furthered our goals of hearing, sharing, and thinking more critically and creatively about Development of and for Africa.
Highlights from 2010-2011
October 14, 2010: A New Dawn: Reflections on Kenya’s New Legal Order
This panel featured a discussion with African LLM and SJD students who took part in either designing or analyzing Kenya’s constitution, which was promulgated in August of 2010. Panelists and members of the Harvard community engaged in an interactive debate about what Kenya’s constitutional reform signaled for the nation’s future.
November 1, 2010: Successes and Challenges of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
HALA welcomed Judge Solomy Balungi Bossa, a sitting judge with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, for dinner and a discussion about her work with the ICTR. Over a dinner attended by over thirty students, Judge Bossa discussed the legal challenges to prosecuting those responsible for the Rwandan Genocide and other grave violations of international law in Rwanda. Judge Bossa also provided students with an overview of her paper on her experiences with the ICTR.
November 18, 2010: Role of Financial Institutions in Promoting African Development
HALA cosponsored this exciting discussion with Tony Elumelu, former Chairman of the United Bank of Africa (UBA) and member of the World Economic Forum Council. Mr. Elumelu discussed the role of financial institutions such as the UBA in contributing to Africa’s continuing development.
November 19, 2010: Stones of Hope: A Dialogue between Duncan Kennedy and Jeffrey Sachs
Renowned international development scholars Duncan Kennedy and Jeffrey Sachs spoke to the Harvard community on the occasion of the release of Professor Lucie White and Jeremy Perelman’s new book Stones of Hope: How African Activists Reclaim Human Rights to Challenge Global Poverty. The book features case studies and commentary on approaches to advocating economic and social rights in Africa.
February 1, 2011: Speaker Event with Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana
In our spring semester kickoff event, Justice Georgina Wood, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana gave a talk to select members of the Harvard and MIT community. Over lunch, Justice Wood discussed the legal frameworks currently in place that make Ghana a premier investment destination.
February 3, 2011: What Follows South Sudan’s Independence?
Rebecca Hamilton, a former lawyer with the International Criminal Court, spoke to the Harvard Law School community about her new book, “Fighting for Darfur,” a critical examination of the impact of the Darfur advocacy movement. Her talk focused on human rights advocacy in Darfur and her analysis of Africa’s newest nation, South Sudan.
February 14, 2011: The Dark Side of Chocolate: Child Labor and Trafficking in Africa
Last Valentine’s Day, students were invited to an exclusive screening of the documentary “The Dark Side of Chocolate,” a film that exposes the exploitation of African children to harvest chocolate.
February 24, 2011: Taste of Diaspora Charity Event
HALA and the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) joined forces at Conga Lounge in Harvard Square to celebrate African culture and raise money for the Hinga Kawa Women’s Coffee Co-op in Rwanda. The event featured great food, live music, and African dance performances.
March 7, 2011: The State of Ethiopian Jews in Israel
Members of Israel at Heart, an organization composed of Ethiopian students living in Israel, spoke to HALA and the Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) about their experiences integrating into Israeli society. The discussion was moderated by SJD student Jonatan Arbel.
March 26, 2011: Harvard African Development Conference
Over two-hundred people attended Harvard’s annual African Development Conference, which featured renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs, Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen, and the Assistant Secretary-General of the UN Tegenework Gettu. The conference featured over five panels on topics ranging from food security, theories of development, to the current business and investment climate in Africa. See http://hlsorgs.com/hadconference/ for more information.
In addition, HALA hosted numerous social events and co-sponsored African-related events organized by other student groups.