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#COVID-19:Francophone Lawyers To Hold Conclave In Gabon Pandemic

During the three-day conference, the Francophone lawyers would answer three principal questions: Are the exigencies of law and health excluded from public liberties? Are the exigencies of judicial security threatened by COVID-19? Is justice threatened by COVID-19?

The 35th international conference of Bar Councils of Francophone Common Jurisdiction will be held in Libreville, Gabon from Dec. 1 – 3.

The conference will deliberate on the theme: “Law and Justice Under the Challenges of COVID-19.”

The president of the Gabonese Bar Council, Barrister Lubin Ntoutoume on Monday, Oct. 11, held a meeting with the country’s Prime Minister, Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda, to discuss ways and means through which government would be involved in the organisation of the conference which will be held under the patronage of the Gabonese head of state, President Ali Bongo Ondimba.

“The meeting was to enable me to present the programme that we have drawn to the Prime Minister, discuss with her on the challenges of the conference for Gabon and to see what the government can bring to the project because it is an international conference,” the president of the Bar Council said. 

“Tradition demands that at this level of engagement, the government takes control of the dossier.”

During the three-day conference which would see the participation of President Ali Bongo and the Secretary General of La Francophonie, Louise Mushikiwabo, the Francophone lawyers would try to find answers to three principal questions: Are the exigencies of law and health excluded from public liberties? Are the exigencies of judicial security threatened by COVID-19? Is justice threatened by COVID-19?

The conference will be preceded by two days of training offered by the International Centre for Training Francophone Lawyers in Africa on Nov. 29 and 30, 2021.

This training would be organised under the theme “Essential principles of the law profession today, conflicts of interest and money laundering.”


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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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