NADEL is an independent and voluntary national unitary organisation of lawyers which is a non-sexist, non-racist and democratic organisation. It is a professional formation of lawyers and activist lawyers.
Aims and Objectives
The aims and objectives of the Association shall be:
- To uphold and to strive for the fulfilment and attainment of the beliefs and commitments as set out in the preamble of this Constitution.
- To develop, promote and sustain a system of law, which shall be fair, just, equitable, accessible to and understood by all.
- To strive for the realisation of an egalitarian society.
- To support and promote the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, the United Nations Declaration of Universal Human Rights and any other such * instruments / documents consistent with the aims and objectives of this Association.
- NADEL commits itself to build international relations in the SADC Region, Africa, BRICS, the global south and the world in general, in order to build international relations and develop and grow the organisation. To build strategic relations and international solidarity in the defence of human rights.
- To affiliate to any organisation, local or international, having aims and objectives consistent with those of the Association provided that such affiliation shall be first approved by the National Conference or the National Policy Conference, or the National Executive Committee, subject to approval by the National Conferences.
- To render, and co-ordinate the rendering of, legal assistance to persons and organisations involved in matters affecting especially human rights.
- To assist those who wish to study, research, practice or teach law either through financial grants, law clinics or other institutions.
- To promote the study of and research into transformation of the legal profession, including the judiciary, magistracy.
- To assist members in matters relating to and arising from their professions. NADEL will take on a union function for its members and together with other structures in the profession act as a watchdog over the profession.
- To work to ensure access to the profession for young practitioners, women and disabled practitioners.
- To protect the members of the public from any harmful acts, either caused or occasioned by the State power, individuals, corporate bodies or professional bodies.
- To fight and resist any forms of corruption either within the State organs, corporate bodies, individuals and/or professional bodies.