Public Interest Lawyers' Network

Together with the Centre for Public Interest Law in Ghana and Green Advocates in Liberia, ACA has launched the Public Interest Lawyering Initiative for West Africa (PILIWA).  PILIWA is a response to the need to inspire and train a movement of lawyers that serve communities and the public interest.


We are building a network of support for West African human rights and environmental lawyers through the following activities:

  • Convening meetings of regional public interest lawyers
  • Developing training modules and curricula for public interest lawyering
  • Providing financial support to place law trainees with existing organizations
  • Supporting regional and collaborative human rights litigation strategies
  • Giving lawyers hands-on experience serving communities

PILIWA includes membership from seven West African countries:


Côte d’Ivoire


Michel Yoboue

Executive Director

Group de Recherche et de Plaidoyer sur les Industries Extractives (GRPIE)




Augustine Niber

Executive Director


Kumi Larbi

Associate Legal Officer

Center for Public Interest Law


Daphne Nabila

Executive Director

Legal Resources Centre




Aboubacar Diallo

Natural Resource Program Coordinator

Centre du Commerce International Pour le Development (CECIDE)


Me Frédéric Foromo Loua


Les Mêmes Droits pour Tous




Alfred Brownell

Lead Advocate

Green Advocates International




Me Idrissa Tchernaka

Etude d'Avocats Marc Le Bihan & Collaborateurs




Courage Nsirimovu, Esq.

Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law


George Ogara, Esq.

LawEdge Advocacy Project


Barr. Prince Chima Williams

Head of Legal Resources/Democracy Outreach

Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria


Sierra Leone


Abu Brima

Executive Director

Network Movement for Justice and Development








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