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Energy Charter Secretariat contributes to the Annual Day of International Law in Africa

The Secretariat has been invited to contribute to the annual day of international law in Africa organised by the African Academy for International Law Practice and law firm GIDE Loyrette Nouel. The main topic of the colloquium was the challenges of the environmental law in Africa, while the Secretariat was invited to intervene in the Panel focused on the legal framework for achieving objectives of sustainable development. 

The discussion was also oriented to the questions on the role of international law in environmental protection, responsibility of operating companies, financing of sustainable development and associated risks.

Mr Vitali Hiarlouski from the Legal Affairs unit intervened on behalf of the Secretary-General. Other members of the Panel were :


  • Mutoy Mubiala, Associated professor at the University Kinshasa (DRC), Vice-President of the African Academy for International Law Practise
  • Saadia Bhatty, Advocate at Paris Bar, Attorney-at-law (New- York), Counsel, Cabinet Gide Loyrette
  • Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Professor at the University of Geneva, Co-Director of Center for International Dispute Settlement (CIDS)

The audience received the publicly available information related to the Modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty and the latest CONEXO policy updates. The Energy Charter Treaty presents an interest for African countries, and some of them are already in the advanced accession and ratification stages. 

The detailed agenda of the colloquium is available here.