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Global Engagement Series - Africa, the United States, and the Evolving International Legal Order

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March 22, 2021

As part of its 2021 Annual Meeting (March 24-26), the American Society of International Law invites our members and colleagues from around the world to participate in a special series of sessions focusing on regional issues of international law and policy that will be affected by the new Biden-Harris Administration.

The Global Engagement Series will be presented in cooperation with leading regional societies of international law. The sessions will be available worldwide, free of charge.


African Association of International Law; African Society of International Law; Institute for African Women in Law; Pan-African Lawyers Union


This session will focus on Africa and the United States’ place in an evolving international legal order. What impact will a Biden-Harris Administration have on United States and African state relations in terms of development, migration, security cooperation, and multilateral coordination? How will a Biden-Harris Administration best engage on priority issues of African states? How is development unfolding in Africa and is a Biden-Harris Administration expected to offer a new vision? What impact does the expanding role of regional African institutions have on the international legal order? Will a Biden administration take a new approach with respect to trade with Africa and the African Growth and Opportunity Act? Will there be changes with respect to the US Military Africa Command and security cooperation with African states? The panel will explore these issues and others.


  • Raymond Atuguba, University of Ghana School of law
  • J. Jarpa Dawuni, Howard University
  • Donald Deya, Pan African Lawyers Union
  • James Gathii (moderator), Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • Ndanga Kamau, Ndanga Kamau Law
  • Caroline Ncube, University of Cape Town Department of Commercial Law
  • Ambassador Namira Negm, African Union

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