The United Nations risks again overlooking the rule of law in African development, says Suella Fernandes.
I first visited Rwanda in 2008 with a group of volunteer lawyers as part of the Conservative Party’s Project Umubano. I went with Andrew Mitchell MP to teach advocacy, legal drafting, negotiation and substantive law to judges, government lawyers, community justice lawyers and law students. After further projects in sub-Saharan Africa, I co-founded the Africa Justice Foundation (AJF) with Cherie Blair CBE QC, which aims to build legal capacity in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors through education and professional skills training. We work in partnership with governments, academic institutions, Bar associations, and legal bodies in sub-Saharan Africa and around the world. We are driven by the desire to contribute to the development of robust, stable and predictable legal systems that meet the needs of both the citizens of those countries and the regional and globally competitive environments of which they are a part.