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  • Members of the Advocacy Training Council of the Bar of England and Wales, and of the General Council of the South African Bar travelled to Harare in October 2011 to conduct advocacy training for the Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) under the auspices of the International ATC. The joint team (pictured below, with the British Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Deborah Bronnert and LSZ President Tino Bere and officers) conducted a “training the trainers” event on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th October.
  • IATC/LSZ delegation at dinner hosted by the British Ambassador on eve of training, 6th October 2011. Front Row, left to right: Betty Kriegler, Ambassador Deborah Bronnert, MordechaiMahlangu (LSZ), TinoBere (President, LSZ) Second Row, left to right: Edward Mapere (Executive Secretary, LSZ), Fadzayi Mahere (LSZ), Desmond Browne QC (UK). Third Row, left to right: Tim Bruinders SC (SA), Edwin Glasgow QC (UK), Alex Glassbrook (UK), Frank Snyckers SC (SA). Top row, left to right: Anuja Dhir QC (UK), Happious Zhou (LSZ), Denise Fischer SC (SA), Justice Johann Kriegler (SA), Oba Nsugbe QC (UK)

    (Anesta Weekes QC (UK) joined the delegation on the following day so is not pictured)

  • The event was the second phase of a three-part programme aimed at establishing an advocacy teaching faculty in Zimbabwe, the first part of which had been provided for five Zimbabwean trainee tutors who attended a teacher-training workshop run jointly by the South African General Council of the Bar and the IATC in the Drakensberg two weeks earlier.
  • The programme is part of a broader involvement between the Law Society of Zimbabwe and the Bar Councils of South Africa and of England and Wales, the particular emphasis of which is the maintenance of legal professional skills at a high level in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwean tutors who have been trained by IATC will provide advocacy training as part of a mandatory CPD programme administered by the LSZ.
  • The training was, as Edwin Glasgow QC had promised at the outset, hard work but very rewarding and great fun. The legal profession in Zimbabwe has met many challenges and continues to act with conspicuous courage, ability and good humour. The IATC felt privileged to work in Zimbabwe and looks forward to the third phase of training. It was also particularly rewarding that we were able to accredit 16 of the trainee trainers as being ready to train; two of whom will work with us on the Advanced Advocacy Training Course which is to be run by the South African GCB at Stellenbosch University in January 2012 – a course which will also be attended two of the best of the young Zimbabwean members of the Bar who attended the Harare workshop.
  • The IATC gratefully acknowledges the funding and assistance provided for this event by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the support of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre and the Joffe Foundation.
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