H.E. Prof. Dr. Kennedy GASTORN
Secretary-General, Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO)
Prof. Kennedy Gastorn, of United Republic of Tanzania, is the sixth Secretary-General of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO). He took office on 15th August, 2016. He was elected for a four-year term at the Fifty-Fifth Annual Session held in New Delhi, India (HQ).
Vision for AALCO
As the Secretary General of AALCO, Prof. Gastorn’s priority is to reinforce AALCO as the “hub” for collective dialogue on legal concerns of the Member States from Asia and Africa. He also insists that he will continue to work towards getting AALCO heard and heeded in the international law-making process leading to its progressive and equitable development. He also aims to generate new momentum among the Member States to actively participate in AALCO activities and to encourage and welcome countries from Asia and Africa to become new members of AALCO.
His vision is to build a strong working relationship with the United Nations, the International Criminal Court (ICC), International Law Commission (ILC), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and regional organizations like Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), African Union, Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). He also hopes to increase the scope of engagement with other IGOs and regional organizations.