In Accra, Tuesday, August 16 2016 – The Hon. Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Mr. Emmanuel Bombande inaugurated the first International Law Seminar for African University lecturers and researchers from academic institutions and training centres in Africa at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping and Training Centre (KAIPTC). The seminar is expected to end on 26th August, 2016.

The Seminar was organized by the African Institute of International Law in collaboration with the Government of Ghana to honour a distinguished son of Ghana, Ambassador Emmanuel Dadzie, who was the initiator of the United Nations (UN) Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law in 1963.

Adopted by the General Assembly in 1965, the UN Programme of Assistance is scheduled to commemorate its 50th anniversary in December, 2016. Its aim is to contribute essentially towards a better knowledge of international law as a means of strengthening international peace and security and promoting friendly relations and cooperation among States.

Addressing the participants, the Deputy Minister intimated that the programme to date has trained over 500 lawyers from Africa and provided training, audio-visual resources and publications to over a million legal advisers and government-appointed lawyers from Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the developed world.

He indicated that the Government of Ghana over several decades has conducted its international relations and diplomacy in accordance with accepted principles of international law and for that matter places high priority on issues related to the study of international law particularly within the African continent.

He was of the view that the scope of international law had expanded into several different subjects since the period of colonization and decolonization, and therefore called for continued capacity-building in the teaching, study and dissemination of international law, especially for experts from Africa. He added that seminars such as the one held would ensure that officials and experts were fully informed and able to articulate the views and aspirations of their peoples in multilateral legal fora where decisions affecting countries are discussed.

In his concluding remarks, the Hon. Deputy Minister conveyed the gratitude of the Government of Ghana to all who worked in ensuring the successful hosting of the seminar. He also acknowledged the generous financial contributions made by the Governments of the Peoples Republic of China, Finland, Italy, New Zealand and Sweden as well as the AU Commission towards the organization of the event.

The event was attended by Mrs. Martha Pobee, Ghana’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Sani Mohammed, Rector of the African Institute of International Law, Ambassador Juliet Kilema, AVM Griffiths Evans , the Commandant of the KAIPTC, Mrs. Vivian Morris, Secretary to the UN Programme of Assistance, staff of the Foreign Ministry and a cross section of the media.