The 2023 edition of the International Programme for Law and Development (IPLD) took place from June 5 to  July 7. The second edition of the IPLD benefited from the collaboration with the UNIDROIT Foundation and the ILI-South African Centre for Excellence (ILI-SACE).

The project was funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, specifically the Directorate General for Development Cooperation.

The online component, held from the 5th to the 16th of June 2023, was attended by 20 admitted candidates. Opening speeches were presented by Minister P. Velotti from MAECI, H. E. Nosipho Nausca-Jean Jezile, Ambassador of South Africa to Rome, as well as Professors Maria Chiara Malaguti, Ignacio Tirado, President and Secretary General of UNIDROIT respectively, and Anna Veneziano, Deputy Secretary General of UNIDROIT.




The residential component, held at the UNIDROIT headquarters in Rome, commenced on the 19th of June, 2023. It started with an opening event featuring messages from Vice-Minister Hon. Edmondo Cirielli (MAECI), Minister Plenipotentiary Marco Giungi (DGCS), and a keynote speech by Prof. Makane Moïse Mbengue (via video conference), along with diplomatic representatives.

Based on the themes proposed in the syllabus, the programme was articulated through lectures delivered by over 33 internal and external experts to UNIDROIT. Participants also had the opportunity to attend seminars where legal practitioners presented case studies based on real-life cases.

The three residential weeks concluded on 7th July 2023 with a formal ceremony. During the ceremony, certificates of attendance were handed over to the 20 magistrates and government officials. The participants represented 15 African countries, including Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.




Side events were organised in collaboration with participants from the first edition of the IPLD in their respective countries. The aim was to reach a broader audience, including lawmakers, policymakers, financial institutions, academia, and legal practitioners. These events focused on selected topics of particular interest for each African country.

Social events were organised in the evening after the seminars to facilitate networking among participants, lecturers, and legal experts.


Guided visits to the city were organised during the weekends to enable participants to take advantage of the rich cultural heritage of the city of Rome.


Special thanks go to H.E. Ms. Nosipho Nausca-Jean Jezile, Ambassador of South Africa to Italy for her contribution and for the welcome reception held on 29 June at her residence.