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About Us

The African Society of International Law (AfSIL) wants to bring novelty as part of the constellation of organisations concerned with international law. AfSIL is above all an African Society and it is a truism that is worth reiterating. Thus, to build a firm foundation in Africa is its main objective. With regard to recruitment, The AfSIL invites all internationalists, sons/daughters of the continent to join it, whether resident in African countries or elsewhere, without exclusion or discrimination.

This emphasis on Africanness, however, does not mean confinement. The AfSIL aims to gather the best lawyers of all nationalities, who desire law, justice and peace in Africa and the recognition of the dignity of all Africans as a source of satisfaction and perhaps of profit.

The advent of this Society represents a break with the tradition: its aim is to promote African specificity in international law by mobilising and strengthening our skills. The African expertise exists; it deserves to be more widely recognised.

The African expertise exists; it deserves to be more widely recognised.

 AfSIL Bureau 

Prof. Makane Moise Mbengue

Prof. Makane Moise Mbengue


Makane Moïse Mbengue is the President of the African Society of International Law (AfSIL) since 2017.

Karim M’ziani

Karim M’ziani

Deputy Secretary General

Karim M’ziani is an Associate in Foley Hoag’s International Litigation & Arbitration Department, in Paris, France.

Youssef Aziz

Youssef Aziz

Student Commissioner

Youssef Aziz is the Student Commissioner on the Bureau of the African Society of International Law and is currently a J.D. student at New-York University, USA.

Tafadzwa Pasipanodya

Tafadzwa Pasipanodya

Vice President

Tafadzwa Pasipanodya is a partner in Foley Hoag LLP’s international litigation and arbitration department and co-chair of its Africa practice.

Ines Ndonko Nnoko

Ines Ndonko Nnoko


Inès is an international lawyer specializing international environmental law and natural resources in Africa.

Isabelle Rouche

Isabelle Rouche


Isabelle Rouche is a partner of the Africa’s international law firm Asafo & Co. and practices international litigation and arbitration.

Nyanje John

Nyanje John


Nyanje is a Doctoral research and teaching fellow for the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth in Germany and the Leibniz University in Hannover Germany.

Our Mission

To explore, develop and showcase international law talent and opportunities in Africa by providing a platform for students, practitioners, scholars and technocrats to engage in purposeful and deliberate activities and events channeled towards the Society’s main objectives

Our Objectives

Contribute to the development and building an expertise of African international law doctrine which expresses the point of view of African specialists in international legal debate and contributes to enhance the knowledge of African International Law of the authorities of codification and international jurisdictions Enable African students in the field of international law to gain an early sense of belonging to a  scholarly community in this field, to have the opportunity to come into contact with African and non-African scholars with an established reputation in the field, and develop their knowledge by attending seminars and other activities of the AfSIL. 


21 September 2021

AfSIL’s Vice-President Tafadzwa Pasipanodya has been appointed a member of the ICC Africa Commission and will serve a three-year mandate, running from 2021-2024.

August 2021

AfSIL’s President Makane Moïse Mbengue has been elected as member of the Institute of International Law.

20 April 2021

DRC v. Uganda | Public hearings before the International Court of Justice on the question of reparations in the case concerning Armed Activities on the Territory of the Congo have started today.

7 April 2021

Gabon v. Equatorial Guinea | The International Court of Justice fixed the Memorial and Counter-Memorial filing deadlines in the case concerning Land and Maritime Delimitation and Sovereignty over Islands.

September 2020

AfSIL’s Secretary General Isabelle Rouche has joined African International Law Firm Asafo & Co. as partner in the Litigation and Arbitration practice.

Want to get involved? Contact us today.

African Society of International Law Switzerland

c/o Prof. Makane Mbengue



Université de Genève, Faculty of Law

40 boulevard du Pont d’Arve

1211 Geneva 4. Switzerland


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