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Legal Research Team |
Legal Research Team
Abdoul Karim Kabèlè Camara

Abdoul Karim Kabèlè Camara

Universite General Lansana Conte de Sonfonia -Conakry, Guinea
Biography

I was part of the AMLA Legal Research Team for one year, before I joined African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) as the AMLA project coordinator and counsel. My work consists of coordinating the AMLA project development between the various partners involved. Furthermore, I also intervene within the “Facility” in the capacity building projects of civil servants across Africa.

Prior to joining the ALSF, I provided consultancy services to Capital Law Partners and Advocates a law firm based in Kampala, Uganda. I also worked for the World Bank Group as a legal consultant to assist the reform of a West African country mining sector legal framework.

I hold an LLM degree (Diplome d’ Etude Approfondie – DEA) in Private Law from the University of Cheikh Anta Diop (Senegal); an LLM degree in African Business Community Law from the University of Bouake through the “Institut de Droit Communautaire” - IDC (Ivory Coast) (with Distinction); and a dual LLM degree in Mineral Law and Policy and in Petroleum Taxation and Finance (with Distinction) from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) University of Dundee, United Kingdom. I am currently finalizing my PhD thesis, which focuses on shared used of mining infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa at the CEPMLP.

Antidius Kaitu

Antidius Kaitu

University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Biography

I am Assistant Lecturer of Law at the University of Dar es Salaam School of Law. My professional interest focuses on Natural Resource Law, International Law, Regional Integration Law and Human Rights Law.

I hold a law degree and a LL.M from the same University under the Tanzania- German Centre for Postgraduate Studies in Law (TGCL). I also hold a Postgraduate degree from the Law school of Tanzania. I participated actively in the Autumn University study in Germany and Belgium, jointly organized by the TGCL in conjunction with the University of Bayreuth- Germany. I have attended various trainings including the leadership training at the East African Uongozi Institute (EAUI) and a Training on Using Natural Resources for the Benefits of People organized by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. I also participated in the training in Peace Building and Good Governance in East Africa at the East African Community Nyerere Centre for Peace Research (EAC-NCPR).

I have been a member of the Legal Research Team of the AMLA project since November 2014.

Deisy Ribeiro

Deisy Ribeiro

Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique
Biography

Eu comecei o meu Curso de Direito na Universidade Eduardo Mondlane em 2011 e terminei 2016 em Maputo, Moçambique. Como estudante de Direito Eu participei do Julgamento Fictício Interno da Universidade de Direitos Humanos e depois que eu fui para o Julgamento Fictício de Direitos Humanos, eu também participou do primeiro curso oficial da OMC na Universidade. Em 2014 eu me tornei parte da equipe AMLA Research Legal, onde aprendi a base do Regime Jurídico Africano Mineração.

Durante estes dois anos no projeto, fui oradora, na Conferência da Universidade sob o lema "Os desafios do direito penal do século XXI", onde presentei um artigo produzido em co-autoria com um Professor da Faculdade intitulado "A penalização do a comercialização ilegal de gemas em Moçambique ", e também fiz, do escritório de advocacia onde estou internado, uma pesquisa sobre experiências de conteúdo local para o novo regulamento de conteúdo local.

Em 2016, participou na sede da União Africana, da Reunião dos Altos Funcionários do Do Comité Especializado para o Comércio, Indústria E Recursos Minerais.

Naomi Kakundu

Naomi Kakundu

University of Cape Town (UCT)
Biography

I was part of the AMLA Legal Research Team for one year starting 2014. Since early 2016, I have been working as a consultant for the AMLA Project. My work entails reviewing the quality of the research delivered by the current Legal Research Team.

I hold a B.Com in Economics and recently completed an LL.B at the University of Cape Town (UCT). During my time at UCT, I volunteered for the UCT Refugee Rights Unit and I was also a member of LAWCO, a student run body, where I tutored high school students on basic legal concepts. I volunteered as a legal advisor at the UCT Law Clinic in order to assist those who cannot afford legal fees. I also peer mentored two junior students from sub-Saharan Africa on the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship.

I am a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, which recognizes the top 15% of academic performers in all universities. Amongst my academic accolades, I was a recipient of the Economics class medal in recognition of my special ability during the course of my undergraduate study and my Economics essay was selected for entry into the National Budget Speech Competition.

Noellie Gah

Noellie Gah

University of Pretoria
Biography

I am an Ivorian Trade and Investment lawyer. I have always had a strong interest in trade and regional integration in sub-Saharan Africa, and thus I embarked on an active participation in the Annual African Moot competition on the World Trade Organization law from 2008 to 2012. After my team achieved the 3rd place out of the nine competing Universities, I was selected by the Centre for Human Rights of the University of Pretoria for an LLM in International trade and Investment Law in Africa. I graduated from the research component of this program with distinction in 2010, and published a mémoire on the Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations the following year.

In Ivory Coast, I worked successively as a Research Assistant at the Centre de Recherche et d’Action pour la Paix CERAP and as a Contract Manager at Huawei technologies Côte d’Ivoire before joining in 2014, the Chamber of Commerce and of Industry of Côte d’Ivoire.

In December 2014, I was selected to become a member of the Legal Research Team of the AMLA project. The training that preceded my selection introduced me to mining legal frameworks on the African continent and to the various topics on the subject, a whole new world yet unknown to me. Comparing legal provisions of different countries mining codes helped me develop my legal analysis and research skills. Some efforts in harmonizing the sector, the WAEMU common mining code retained my attention in respect to regional integration. The optimal trading of mineral resources (or any other resources) goes hand in hand with sound and sustainable legal provisions that will allow African countries to take full advantage of their natural resources. I believe that AMLA could be a way to have a bigger picture of those essentials legal provisions. This being said, my commitment to AMLA grew deeper and in October 2015 I became a legal reviewer on the AMLA platform. My current task on the project is to review the work of legal researchers and give them guidance when needed.

I will also be completing an LLM in International Legal Studies at the Washington College of Law, American University by the end of 2016.

Nonkululeko Zondo

Nonkululeko Zondo

University of Cape Town (UCT)
Biography

I am currently in the final year of my LL.B at the University of Cape Town and a student researcher for Mineral Law in Africa under Professor Hanri Mostert. I have been a member of the AMLA Legal Research Team since 2014.

I am a member of the Executive Committee of the Black Law Students’ Forum and a member of the UCT Law Faculty’s Community Service Board. I have a vested interest in social development as evidenced by my involvement in the Puku Children’s Literature Foundation, which was founded by Elinor Sisulu, as well as Debating South Africa. My interests in entrepreneurship and start-up development led me to becoming a business consultant with the SHAWCO Siyaya project to assist entrepreneurs in Khayelitsha grow their businesses. From 2012 up until the end of 2014, I was a Candidate Fellow with the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation where we were extensively mentored in the areas of entrepreneurial and personal leadership with a view to contributing to change and development throughout Africa. In 2013 I was selected as one of 100 Brightest Young Minds delegates.

I am also pursuing my studies in Opera at the South African College of Music, UCT. I am set to begin my LL.M. in 2017 with a focus in Oil and Gas law and am signed with Bowman Gilfillan Attorneys for articles in 2018.

Sergio Massinga

Sergio Massinga

Eduardo Mondlane University
Biography

I am an enthusiastic African lawyer, concerned with matters of human rights, access to justice and development. I have been part of the AMLA Legal Research Team since 2014. In this context, I have accumulated substantial research experience on African mining legal frameworks.

I am also engaged with the Law Clinic at Eduardo Mondlane University where I assist people with no financial means to access justice, I support students taking internships and I support an initiative aiming at disseminating the rights of people with disability.

With more than 20 years experience in the communication industry (TV, radio, press and news agency), I have written extensively on different social and economic issues, including environment and conservation, natural resources and investment, infrastructures, population and much more. I engaged and interviewed world states men and women as well as “simple” individuals in poor communities. Before pursuing law degree (now finalizing master degree) I also studied Communication Science at Unisa as well as Bible counselling at UGCS. At lower level I studied journalism, accountancy and business administration.

Sunday Lugard

Sunday Lugard

University of Jos, Nigeria
Biography

I am currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Jos, Nigeria. My research focuses on petroleum operations and environmental rights violations in the oil producing Niger Delta region of Nigeria. I am also a Partner at Jus Associates (Legal Practitioners), Abuja, where I have practiced as a barrister for about eleven years. I am a member of the AMLA Legal Research Team since 2014.

I have published over ten journal articles, including in international law journals, and I am also a contributor to a book soon to be published by JUTA Law, South Africa: Mining Law in Africa. Some of my articles can be accessed online at:

  • http://ptdjournal.com/2013/lugard_environmenta_rights.pdf
  • http://www.onepetro.org/mslib/servlet/onepetropreview?id=SPE-167506-MS
  • http://www.jihrl.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/6-SELF-DETERMINATION-ARTICLE.finale.pdf
  • www.ajol.info/index.php/jsdlp/article/viewFile/122637/112185.

I have attended several international and local conferences on environmental law and sustainability, mining law, human rights and oil and gas law.

I have been also the Organizer and Initiator of Sabonlayi Youth Development Association (SAYODA) Annual Youth Empowerment Seminar, from 2010. It brings together youths from local communities, including Sabonlayi to interact with elites in order to create opportunities for sustainable mentoring.