Montreal (Canada) – The Law Faculty of Université de Montréal, in partnership with the law firm Fasken, has applied its resources to develop and offer a unique comprehensive program in North America on OHADA law (“Organisation pour l’Harmonisation en Afrique du Droit des Affaires”), to be launched in September 2021. This program will allow lawyers from Québec and elsewhere to be made aware of the new legal realities in Africa linked to OHADA, which offers a common, unified and integrated framework for a better integration and development of the economy in the face of globalization.
The Law Faculty will offer a 30-hour training course and will be conducted in French. A certificate of participation representing 30 hours of continuing education will be issued to participants. This activity is subject to an eligibility verification with Barreau du Québec. The activities will be held remotely and synchronously, then in person in Montréal when health conditions will allow it. The objective of this training is to provide specialized teaching intended to acquire or deepen one’s knowledge of OHADA law and the business environment in the jurisdictions through both theoretical and practical teaching.
Considering the global market with a French-speaking African population nearing one billion by 2050, this program has proven to be especially necessary to enhance the knowledge of Québec and international lawyers. OHADA now has seventeen member states, namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo.
Dean France Houle is delighted with this cooperative initiative between the Law Faculty and the law firm Fasken: “We are proud to partake in the outreach and promotion of economic and trade relations between Québec and Africa. This training course, being a first in North America, provides a targeted approach for our shared interest to strengthen our cooperative bonds in a sustainable way, as well as our firm commitment to stimulate prosperous and efficient interactions.”
Éric Bédard, Fasken Managing Partner for the Québec Region, added: “This partnership with Université de Montréal is further proof of the importance Fasken places on training in the rapidly expanding field of law for the benefit of our clients.”
About the Law Faculty
The Law Faculty of Université de Montréal, the only French-speaking law faculty to be included among the top 100 universities in the world, contributes to legal knowledge development and encourages its students to excel by providing them with a high-level education, as well as rigorous and innovative research activities. It has been preparing new generations of lawyers to face ever-changing legal and social settings for over 135 years.
Fasken is a leading international law firm that offers comprehensive legal services with offices in Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa and China. The firm cooperates with clients around the world and provides expertise on legal issues that affect all types of sectoral, governmental and individual objectives.
Details on the OHADA law program and references for registration can be found on the website of the Law Faculty in the OHADA section.
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