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Court engages University Students and Young Lawyers during a Public Conference held at Light University Bujumbura.

President of the Court Justice Nestor Kayobera noted that the role of young generation in promoting justice in the region is very critical and therefore encouraged them to read the East African Community Laws (Treaty, Protocols, Rules of Procedure and Law Reports of the Court) and take lead in protecting the rights of the citizens as well being able to practice before the EACJ.

The Rector of the University Dr Yves Ndayikunda commended Court for celebrating the 20th Anniversary together and said that this will bring more opportunities to engage in a number of activities to benefit the students and Young Lawyers to fully participate in promoting regional Integration.

The Vice President of the Court, Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire also called on the Students and lawyers to be peace makers as the best approach in dispute resolution.

Prof. Gaspard Banyankimbona, Executive Secretary for Inter-University Council for East Africa pointed out the need for curriculum harmonization for the East African Common Higher Education Area, a directive of the EAC Heads of State since May 2017 which should be implemented.

Prof. Banyakimbona said that to fast- track and facilitate free movement of labour specifically for law professionals within the Community. He strongly indicated the need for development of a harmonized legal training and certification framework for EAC to ease mutual recognition of qualifications and professional mobility in the region.

A lawyer who has studied and trained in any Partner State can practice in another one without any restriction.

He called upon Partner States to take advantage of Article 126 of the Treaty in coming with measures to harmonize legal training and certification.

The conference was attended by the students of law and communication, Management and Staff of the University & Lawyers from Bujumbura.
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His Lordship encouraged the students and Lawyers to read the East African Community Laws (Treaty, Protocols, Rules of Procedure and Law Reports of the Court) and take lead in protecting the rights of the citizens as well being able to practice before the EACJ.