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2013-2014 Upcoming Events

Mark your calenders for one of HALA’s signature events, our annual Charity dinner in advance of World AIDS day on December first.
Friday November 22nd
8pm to 10pm
WCC 2036 Milstein East A
Dress: Cocktail/Formal
Tickets for the dinner cost $10, and we will be tabling all this week selling tickets. All proceeds go directly to the Charity selected for that year.
Get your tickets from the HALA table in WCC under the Hark during lunch from Monday to Thursday.
If you are unable to meet us during that time but would still like to buy tickets, send us an email to hala@mail.law.harvard.edu and we can arrange a time to meet with you.
HALA Game Night
 Friday Nov 8th from 7pm to 9pm.
North Hall Lounge
Join HALA for a chance to grab some free food, and meet some of the amazing JD and LLM students that make up HALA’s membership this year. 
We’re ordering Jollof , so if you dont like games, or people, come for the food :)
We’re having an All-Harvard Africa Mixer! 
Building on the success of last year’s event, we’re thinking that now is the time for another Africa focus social mixer co-sponsored by all the surrounding schools: MIT Sloan, HKS, HBS, HLS, HSPH, HGSE, HMS and Fletcher … Take 2!
And before we get too far into the semester and student’s plans for Thanksgiving, save the date of 
Friday November 15th at 
John’s Harvard from 6-8pm.



Harvard African Law Association Spring Break Trip

Interested in participating in an exciting trip to Kenya for spring break? If so, please submit the interest form below.

This trip is open to all members of the Harvard Graduate community and is being organized as part of an effort to increase the awareness of Africa and African issues at Harvard. The trip will involve a meetings with legal, business and political leaders, visits to cultural and historical sites, and volunteer work with grassroots organizations.

The planned dates are March 14- 23, 2014. While airfare will be subsidized, selected applicants will be expected (1) to pay a trip deposit of $250 by November 23 2013, (2) to cover all other trip costs, and (3) to actively participate in a committee that will raise funds to cover the costs of the trip.

Please complete the form by Sunday, November 10, 2013, at 11:59 p.m (applications after the deadline will be added to a waitlist). Selected applicants will be receive notifications by email.

The trip is organized by Harvard African Law Association, in partnership with Harvard Law and International Development, and the Africa Caucus at HKS. If you have any questions, please send an email to hala@mail.law.harvard.edu.



HALA Welcome Lunch!

Wednesday September 25th, 12:oopm – 1:00pm, WCC B015 

Whether you’re a student from Africa, visited Africa, want to visit Africa or just have an interest in the region, come and meet the Harvard African Law Association and hear about all the fantastic events we have for this year!
Non-pizza lunch provided (Indian food)




HASA Africa Night: Faces of Africa
April 7, 2013;
Dinner & Mixer at 5:00pm; Main Show at 6:00pm;
Location TBA

Join HASA for a night of African food, people, performances, laughter, love, joy and general Africanness.


The Role of the Judge in a Transitional Legal Order: The Case of Kenya
A Conversation with Lady Justice Wanjiru Karanja, Court of Appeal, Kenya
March 12, 2013; 12:00pm – 1:00pm; WCC 2071

On March 4th 2013, Kenyans will go to the polls to elect leaders under the new constitutional dispensation. What is the role of the judge in a transitional legal order? In anticipation of the concluded Kenyan elections, HALA invites you all to a lunch conversation with Lady Justice Wanjiru Karanja, Court of Appeal Judge in Kenya. We welcome you to join us as we discuss the Kenyan socio-political context, the role of the Judiciary within that context and it’s relationship with the rest of the African continent.

Justice Karanja holds a Master of Laws in Public International Law LL.M. Degree (Merit) obtained from the University of London in 2009, and a Bachelor of Laws LL.B. honors degree obtained from the University of Nairobi in 1984. She was admitted to the Bar in Kenya in 1984, and joined the judiciary in 1985 as a District Magistrate. She has risen through the ranks, serving in several stations throughout the country, and was appointed a Puisne Judge in 2004. In 2010 she was appointed to sit on the Tribunal set up to investigate the conduct of the Chairperson of the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission. She was recently appointed as a Court of Appeal Judge in Kenya.

Land Grabs in Africa: Economic Growth or Re-Colonization?
March 27, 2013; 12:00pm – 1:00pm
WCC 1015
Thai or Indian Lunch 

Land investments – the purchase or lease of vast tracts of land from mostly poor, developing countries by wealthier food-insecure nations and private investors including private equity funds, pension funds and university endowments, for the production and export of food and agrofuel crops – have grown into an international phenomenon. This trend which has come to be popularly known as “land grabbing” has been painted as a development opportunity for developing countries to generate income and employment and draw on private sector initiative to help in transfer of technology and know-how, and investment in processing or economic and social infrastructure

However, these promises of investment are misleading as land deals often appear to be extractive and exploitive, with investors heading straight for the countries where fewer barriers to investment and less oversight exist. This means that deals are often carried out in a rapid, non-transparent manner, and the consequences to local populations are overlooked. Evidence shows that many land deals to date are not representative of the kind of well-targeted and well-controlled investment that could promote value-adding to local resources and help grow African economies sustainably, from the farm up. Rather, land grabs are leading to the increased threat to local food security and land rights and while displacing thousands of families from their homes and livelihoods.

Come hear Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director of the Oakland Institute (OI) , who will present an overview of the reality of land grabs in Africa, based on extensive research and advocacy conducted by the OI.  Learn about resistance from impacted communities, grassroots and national organizations in Africa, and solidarity networks and ways to join and support this struggle. www.oaklandinstitute.org


Harvard African Development Conference.
Friday-Saturday March 8-9, 2013

Visible Change in Africa: One Innovation at a Time

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Past conferences have featured notable keynotes including Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen and Jeffrey Sachs.

Q&A Session with Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola

February 19th, Charles Hotel (Kennedy Room), 5pm – 9pm

Join ABC & the Africa Caucus for a conversation with the governor of Osun state in Nigeria TODAY. Food will be provided. The session will be from 5 – 7pm and a mixer/reception will follow from 8 – 9pm. Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola will also be speaking at “Nigeria Meets the World” forum on Wednesday 2/20 from 7 – 9pm at the Belfer Room, CGIS.

 Next Week:

Volunteer with Cradles to Crayons

February 23rd, 12:30pm – 3pm (meet on campus & head over as a group)

BLSA is looking for 7 more volunteers for their Cradles to Crayons event this Saturday and we need YOU to help us fill these spots. This will be perhaps BLSA Community Outreach’s biggest community outreach event during the semester. We will head over together at 12:30pm (either by public transportation or by car) and we will provide everyone with donuts, hot chocolate and great company as we help Cradles to Crayons prepare care packages for neighborhood kids in need. Cradles to Crayons is a great Boston organization that collects and distributes care packages for children ranging from the ages of 0 to 12. Please RSVP as soon as possible to hblsacommunityoutreach@gmail.com for the registration link.

Getting to Zero: AIDS Charity Dinner Panel 
November 30, 2012, 6:00 PM; Milstein East B, HLS

Buy tickets in the Hark – Only $20! All proceeds to AidsFreeAfrica!



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 

Queen’s Head Pub (basement of Memorial Hall)
Friday, April 20, 5:00 – 6:30 PM

Join HALA for a happy hour-celebration of the end of classes.  Meet the candidates for next year’s board and bid farewell to the current board over drinks and appetizers.

We will also hold an auction for TWO $1,000 barbri tickets!  See you there!


Tickets available in the Caspersen Center (the Hark) from 11am-1pm for $10

The Seder is the name of the traditional meal eaten by Jews during Passover to commemorate their liberation from slavery in Egypt over 2000 years ago. The original Freedom Seder was held in 1969 on the first anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s death.  This year’s Freedom Seder is an opportunity for diverse HLS communities to remember our histories, inspire one another to work for social justice, and come together for a communal Passover dinner. Featuring presentations from HLS affinity groups, live music, and more!

Cosponsored by the Harvard African Law Association.

This year’s African Development Conference, “From Strategy to Implementation”  will feature a wide range of panelists representing the highest ranks in the fields of law, business, politics, education and urban design, in addition to a former African president as keynote speaker. Tickets will include admission to all panels, a reception on Friday, a banquet lunch, and a cocktail party on Saturday night. Stay tuned for more details on conference panels and ticket information. You don’t want to miss this event!

South Sudan Panel
March 23, 2012
12 pm, Lunch provided

Join us for a panel discussion regarding the challenges of building a legal framework for the new South Sudan state.  The panel will feature Barrie Wilkey, Chargé d’Affaires for South Sudan at its independence and Special Advisor to Secretary of State Clinton.  We will also hear from Christina Sanford, an attorney at the Office of the Legal Adviser who assisted in the preparation of the 2011 referendum.

South Sudan Emerging: Health Challenges and Collaborations
Thursday, March 8th, 5:00-6:30pm, O’Keeffe Auditorium, Black 1st Floor

Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health is sponsoring this discussion as part of its Seminar Series. The panel will feature two Ministers of Health from the Ministry of Health of the Republic of South Sudan as well as the Chief of the Division of Global Health and Human Rights at MGH.


Friday, Feb. 24th, 7:00-9:30PM
Ticknor Lounge in Boylston Hall (right next to Widener Library in the yard)

Join us on Friday, February 24th for the annual Tastes of Diaspora celebration and fundraiser, co-sponsored by HALA, HBLSA and HCLA!

There will be delicious food (we’re talking soul food, Caribbean food,and African food!), a live band, and other great performances to honor various cultures within the African Diaspora. The suggested donation is $5 for dues-paying members of HALA, HBLSA, and HCLA, and $7 for all others.

Proceeds from the event will support Africa Summit’s charity work in Namibia, so please bring a friend and help support a worthy cause while having a great time in the process! You can buy your tickets at the door or in the Hark Pub every day this Monday through Friday from 12-1pm. Please email Tyeesha at tdixon@jd12.law.harvard.edu if you can’t make one of these times to buy your ticket, and we can arrange another time that works for you. See you there!

Monday, February 20

WAS 2019 West AB

Within the realm of international law, there tends to be an assumption that countries have a commonality of interests and values. What happens when this assumption breaks down to the point where governments engage in or encourage activities that others view to be hostile or inappropriate? This year’s symposium, co-sponsored by HALA, looks at how international law addresses, or fails to address, these breakdowns in consensus; why countries might have differing views on the legality of these activities; and the best courses of action for response.

The conference will feature a keynote address and three panels:
Transnational Corruption, 3:45-4:45
State-Sponsored Economic Espionage? , 5:10-6:10
Extrajudicial and Targeted Killings, 6:20-7:20


Tuesday, February 21, 12:00 pm
WAS B015

In January 2011, Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato was found murdered in his own home. His murder occurred months after a Ugandan newspaper ran his picture on the front page, under the banner “Hang Them”. In a country where homosexuality is both illegal and taboo, Kato left a legacy of bravely advocating for gay rights. This February 21st, Ugandan gay rights activist Val Kalende will speak to commemorate Kato’s courageous life and tragic death. She will be joined by Scott Long, former Director of Human Rights Watch’s LGCT division and current HLS Visiting Fellow. Together, the two will speak on the state of gay rights in Uganda after Kato’s death, including Uganda’s proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill (otherwise known as the “Kill the Gays” Bill) and Western proposals to tie economic aid in Africa to gay rights. Join HALA and HLS Advocates for Human Rights for this important discussion.


Wednesday, February 15, 7:00pm, WAS 1015

HALA is teaming up with BLSA to explore African and African American community relations. Join us for dinner and a movie as we view clips from “The Boys of Baraka”. We will discuss among other things, cultural differences and perceptions, shared history/experiences, and way to move towards unity in the larger black community.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012
12:00pm – 1:00pm EST
WAS 3018 

Join HALA this Valentine’s Day for a short National Geographic documentary screening of “Diamonds of War: Africa’s Blood Diamonds.” The film tracks the bloody trail of diamonds mined in West Africa and sold around the world.

Donuts will be provided!

Thursday, December 1 
11:40 AM – 1:00 PM
Pound 107

World AIDS Day, held every December 1st, is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.  Join BLSA and the Harvard African Law Association this World AIDS Day for a film screening of OUT OF CONTROL: AIDS IN BLACK AMERICA, the first national network television documentary to reveal, through interviews with AIDS activists, doctors, public health officials, and Black leaders, the political and social reasons AIDS spiraled into a crisis in Black communities across the U.S.

Lunch will be served at 11:40am, film will start promptly at noon, and discussion will follow.  We’ll also pass out red ribbons, the international symbol of HIV awareness, to show support for people living with HIV.


Getting to Zero:  AIDS Charity Dinner (SOLD OUT!!)
Thurs, 12/1, 8 PM
Rafiki Bistro, 1682 Mass Ave, Cambridge Aids dinner short

Come Celebrate World AIDS Day with the Harvard African Law Association.  Join us for a cocktail reception, 3 course dinner with 2 drinks, guest speaker, and dancing.  Tickets are $50 $35 and all proceeds go to charity.  Semi-formal attire.  Invitation attached.

Protecting Human Rights Under Sharia Law: A Conversation with Hauwa Ibrahim
Wed, 11/16, 12:15-1:15 PM
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Hauwa Ibrahim is renowned for her representation of Amina Lawal, a woman sentenced to death under Sharia law in Nigeria.  The European Parliament presented Ibrahim with its 2005 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, which honors individuals for their efforts on behalf of human rights and freedoms.  Join HALA for a lunch lecture about her career and her insights on human rights advocacy in Africa.  Non-pizza lunch will be served.    Co-sponsored by ILS.

2011 LIDS Symposium
: Beyond Titling: Where Do We Go From Here?
HALA is cosponsoring the Harvard Law and International Development Society’s 2011 Annual Symposium: Beyond Titling: Where Do We Go From Here?  The 2011 Symposium will bring together practitioners and academics to discuss cutting-edge issues at the intersection of land rights and development.

The Symposium will feature panel discussions with Dr. Brahima Kaba, the Commissioner of the Liberian Land Commission and Ms. Bernadette Atuahene, who has done extensive research on South Africa’s Land Restitution Program.

Register online at http://hlsorgs.com/lids/register/

For more information, visit http://hlsorgs.com/lids/calendar/symposium/

Multiparty Democracy, Elections, and Instability in Africa
Wednesday, October 26, 6:00 – 7:30 PM, Pound 101
General Agyemfra is a United Nations Mediation Expert and former Ghanaian Ambassador to Liberia.  He has overseen elections in Nigeria, Niger, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Liberia, and more as an ECOWAS and African Union observer.  The General will be discussing African electoral processes and will share his personal experiences and insights.

Film Screening of Taking Root: a Tribute to Wangari Maathai
Taking Root FlyerTuesday, October 11, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Pound 213
In honor of late  Wangari Maathai (1940 – 2011), 2004 Nobel Peace Prize
laureate and founder of The Green Belt Movement
Non-Pizza Lunch Provided

All-Harvard Africa Mixer
Friday, September 23, 7:30-10 PM
Ticknor Lounge (Boylston Hall in Harvard Yard, next to Widener)Africa Mixer Flyer
Please join us for our annual All-Harvard Africa Party, where students from all schools in the Harvard community will have the opportunity to make new friends and connect with other African student organizations!  There will be delicious food, music, and lots of fun.

The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III Visits Harvard
October 2-3, 2011
Sperry Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue
The Sultan of Sokoto will present two lectures: “Muslim Women’s Religious Literacy: The Legacy of Nana Asma’u in the 21st Century,” and “Nigeria and the World: The Role of Traditional Nigerian Leaders in Governance.”  Visit http://www.hds.harvard.edu/news-events/articles/2011/09/15/sultan-of-sokoto-religious-leader-of-nigeria’s-muslim-community-to-v for more information.

Africa Poetry Night
Thursday, October 13, 8-10 PM
Winthrop House Junior Common Room
HALA and the Harvard Poetry Society will be co-sponsoring a night of African Poetry.   The event will feature readings from distinguished poets Afaa Michael Weaver (Like the Wind, The Plum Flower Dance) and Ifeanyi Menkiti (Before a Common Soil).

LL.M. Dessert Reception
Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 8:00-9:30, Pound 334

The African Law Association, in conjunction with the Caribbean Law Association, would like to formally welcome Harvard Law School’s LL.M. Class of 2012!  Please join us at a dessert reception to learn more about our organizations, our plans for the upcoming school year and, of course, enjoy delicious desserts with new friends.  We are excited to welcome you all into our community!

Student Activities Fair
Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 5:00 – 7:30, Ropes Gray

Welcome to HLS, JD ’14 and LL.M. ’12!  HALA will have a table at the 2011 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!