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ILI-South African Centre For Excellence

The ILI-South African Centre For Excellence (ILI-SACE) is an affiliate of the International Law Institute (ILI) in Washington, DC. Through offering executive education and technical assistance, the South African Centre will build on the unique and rich twenty-three-year history of the African Centre for Legal Excellence, based in Uganda, the oldest arm of the International Law Institute.

The goal is to provide state-of-the art advanced training for lawyers and business executives and others who will take leadership roles in ensuring the success of Africa and its economic enterprises in a post- COVID world.

The main areas of focus are law, finance and compliance.

Since founding of the Institute in 1955, more than 39,000 finance professionals, lawyers, public servants, business professionals, scholars and others from 186 countries, have been trained by ILI and its global affiliates.

In the early post-World War II period, the International Law Institute (ILI) played a central role in building US-German relations and in creating new political, governmental, economic, regulatory and legal structures for post-war Germany. These initiatives helped lay the groundwork for Germany post-war economic recovery – including its foreign policy and relations with the European community. The ideas generated by the Institute paved the way for what would later become known as the social market economy.

Over the last 65 years, established in 1955, the International Law Institute has been a leading provider of executive-level training and technical assistance in international law, international economics and other aspects of international relations. ILI is an independent, non-political, non-profit educational institution serving a global constituency. It was originally established at the Georgetown Law Center and was one of the bases for the internationalization of that law school. A Who’s Who of post-war Germany lawyers and others in Europe and several generations of lawyers from around the world have been trained at the International Law Institute.

Since its founding more than 39,000 (lawyers, public servants, business professionals, scholars and others from 186 countries, have been trained by ILI and its global affiliates, including ILI’s Uganda-based African Centre for Legal Excellence (described below.) ILI presents approximately 40-50 core-training programmes each year in Washington, DC. Another 7-15 specialized programmes are conducted annually in the U.S. and abroad, at the request of foreign governments, the World Bank, and other sponsoring agencies. In recent years, ILI has presented programmes in a wide variety of international settings including: China, Nigeria, Mexico, Singapore, Puerto Rico, Peru, Mauritius, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Mongolia, Uganda, Ukraine, Russia, Turkmenistan, Philippines and various locations throughout Europe.

Georgetown University Law Center

ILI-SACE and Georgetown University Law Center are offering joint short Executive Education programs for the South African market. The Georgetown University Law Center is one of the professional graduate schools of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Established in 1870, it is the second largest law school in the United States by student enrollment. Georgetown Law was ranked 14th overall in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 ranking of the (170 + /) best US law schools. In the 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings of law schools by subject areas, Georgetown Law was ranked no. 1 in clinical training, no. 2 in tax law, no. 3 in international law, no. 5 in criminal law, no. 8 in corporate law, no. 9 in healthcare law, and no. 11 in environmental law. The school was ranked 5th in the 2010 Super Lawyers ranking; at a global level, the 2019 Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked Georgetown Law as the 7th best law school in the world.

International Law Institute African Centre for Excellence

In 1997, International Law Institute established a presence in Africa, and became the first “Legal Centre of Excellence” on the continent through the International Law Institute African Centre for Legal Excellence (ILI-ACLE). ILI-ACLE, headquartered in Kampala, has drawn on the rich history of the ILI in building modern law, financial, management and governance training programmes and systems in Africa. The modality of its contribution has been through technical assistance to governments and executive education programmes – primarily in finance, management, law, and governance. Central to this effort is promoting essential legal and business reforms for a more effective private sector, as well as the establishment and strengthening of efficient government structures to promote economic development and more effective participation in the global economy. Over 20,000 participants (lawyers, judges, policy makers, economists, and other mid-senior level officials from the public and private sectors) from 55 countries in Africa, Asia, Middle East, the Pacific, South and Central America and Europe have attended ILI-ACLE training programmes.

The ILI-SACE offices are located in the Bowman’s building. Bowman’s is a leading African law firm, and ILI-SACE is benefitting from their professional expertise.