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Among the issues to be addressed in ILI-SACE’s Executive Education Programmes are the following:

  1. The relationship between law, legal policy, regulation, and lawyers on the one hand, and business enterprises, commercial policy and business executives on the other.
  2. Opportunities for and challenges facing public-private partnerships.
    Legal relationships between and approaches to managing private and public sector institutions.
  3. Effective governance in private and public entities, including ensuring integrity.
  4. Anti-corruption and corporate crimes.
  5. Lawyering skills and changes in legal practice and the legal professions.
  6. Trade, investment and infrastructure development in Africa.
  7. Understanding the goals of prospective trade and investment partners from abroad and their home country governments and the risks and pitfalls to be avoided.
  8. Alternative dispute resolution.
  9. Impact of Fintech on the development of private and public enterprises.
  10. Effective laws, regulation and leadership to weather disruption.

The ILI-SACE will offer a series of courses beginning in the first quarter of 2021. The following is an initial set of courses to be offered by the Institute with its partners.

Corporate Finance and Accounting for Lawyers

This course is designed to increase lawyers’ “financial literacy” -- that is, to familiarize lawyers with basic concepts of corporate finance and accounting that run through the work of most lawyers today. The objective is to provide participants with a basic understanding of financial vocabulary and core concepts and to support them in their interactions with business clients and practice management. The course is not intended to make students into corporate finance or tax or accounting specialists but to give them a foundation for greater understanding of clients’ problems. The course will deal with sources of business capital (including as it relates to mergers and acquisitions), basic financial accounting techniques, the preparation of financial statements together along with consideration of current issues in financial reporting, the application of financial statement analysis tools, the basics of business valuation. The objective is to provide participants with a basic understanding of financial concepts.

Mediation

Court systems worldwide are becoming increasingly overwhelmed with litigation, creating lengthy delays in resolving disputes. Accordingly, parties increasingly seek alternative means for more quickly and effectively resolving disputes. Mediation is now in great demand as a major component of alternative dispute resolution. This course surveys key elements of mediation that every mediator, lawyer and judge should be familiar with: the field and mechanisms of alternative dispute resolution, mediation skills and ethics, the mediator’s role in resolving disputes informally, the mediation process, negotiation styles, and mediation skills, and strategies and techniques. This is a hands-on course with role-playing and practical exercises.

Introduction to Financial Integrity (Money Laundering)

In this course students will be introduced to the many areas of law and financial services that are relevant to the study of financial integrity, meaning the combating of money laundering and the financing of terrorism (“AML/CFT”), and other issues related to financial integrity. The course will deal with various payment systems; types of financial institutions (both bank and non-bank) and their inter-relationships; anti-money laundering statutes, regulations, and policies; relevant regulatory, law enforcement, and intelligence agencies; investigation and prosecution; and the international anti-money laundering framework.

Becoming In-House Counsel: A Lawyer's Career Move

In-house counsel positions provide a unique and rewarding career path for lawyers who seek to practice law on the inside of a private or public organization. This setting provides exciting challenges and stimulating problem-solving challenges very different from practicing in a law firm. The course surveys the world of in-house counsel, including relationships with the board of directors and corporate managers and some strategies for making this career move. Among the topics to be covered are: an overview of the in-house setting, the purpose and role of in-house counsel, the substantive law and hard skills involved, unique ethical challenges, fitting into the corporate culture and team, the required “soft skills”, work-life balance and professional growth, and how to look for an in-house counsel job that is right for you.