To perform their functions, effectively, SADC and its institutions require constant legal support and advice by a legal sector. To satisfy this need the Legal Affairs unit within the SADC Secretariat was formed. The SADC Protocol on Legal Affairs guides the work of the Legal Affairs Unit.
The main aim of the Legal Affairs unit is to provide legal advice and legal related services to SADC and its institutions, interpret, draft and develop legal documents/instruments for implementing the Treaty and SADC Protocols, facilitate the notification of the status, ratification ,accession and entry into force of SADC Protocols as well as provide litigation services.
The Protocol also defines the functional institutions for the implementation of Protocol.
Date Signed: 2000-08-07
Entry Into Force: 2006-09-01