The Harvard African Law Association gained formal recognition as a graduate student organization by the Harvard Law School on November 6, 2001. HALA’s first public event is the inaugural African Business Roundtable and alumni reunion on April 12, 2002. The ever-increasing number of continental Africans joining the HLS student body motivated the establishment of HALA.  Over the last decade, HALA has increased both its membership and scope, serving as a forum in the Harvard community for discussion, celebration, and exploration of all issues Africa-related.


HALA’s inaugural executive board was elected on February 10, 2002 and consisted of:

Ndubisi Obiorah LLM – President     Nigeria

Yohannes Tsehai JD – Vice-President     Ethiopia

Paul Jing LLM – Vice-President     Cameroun

Sam Amadi SJD –  Vice-President     Nigeria

Yvonne Apea LLM – Treasurer     Ghana

Busola Adetula LLM – Secretary     Nigeria

Lerato Molefe JD – Ex-officio Member     Botswana

Afia Asamoah JD – Ex-officio Member     Ghana

View past Executive Boards here