Pro Bono Team Recognized for Insights on Central African Republic's Nationality Code


The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice recognized our team’s work for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) at its annual Celebration of International Pro Bono Excellence this month. Orrick advised HD on how the Central African Republic could revise its Nationality Code to be more inclusive and protective of minority groups.

The proposed code revisions stemmed from a reconciliation conference following the 2012 coup in the Central African Republic (CAR), which highlighted deep tensions between Muslims and Christians. In a sign of hope, Central Africans from all sides came together in 2015 for the Bangui Forum. One outcome of this national reconciliation conference was a proposal to revise the code of nationality, enabling Muslims to become CAR nationals.

The team was led by Orrick partner Simon Ratledge in Paris, and included ten lawyers from six offices, speaking French, Spanish, Portuguese and English. Watch this video about what the project meant to our team, featuring Simon and of counsel Nadège Owen.