AfricaAs part of our mission to help the legal system perform better everyday worldwide, Thomson Reuters is honored to support the continued success of Books For Africa’s Jack Mason Law & Democracy Initiative. During its recent fiscal year of 2011-12, Books For Africa continues to make significant strides to further the rule of law.

“The rule of law is critical to helping build, develop and support communities throughout the world,” said Anne Ellis, senior director, Librarian Relations for Thomson Reuters. “We are committed to supporting Books For Africa, and being able to provide our products helps advance the rule of law in these countries. Establishing these libraries will serve as a valuable resource for years to come.”

In its partnership with Books For Africa’s Jack Mason Law & Democracy Initiative, Thomson Reuters has committed to contributing $1.2 million over the next several years. To date, Thomson Reuters has donated more than 5,300 legal texts – including teaching law libraries to law schools and treatise collections and human rights titles for governments, bar associations and NGOs – and 50,000 general-interest books to legal and public schools across 12 African nations. Revista dos Tribunais, a leading legal publisher in Brazil and a Thomson Reuters business, has donated legal resource libraries to Angola, as both Brazil and Angola are primarily Portuguese speaking countries.

“We just received the annual report, and I’m delighted to report that just last year Thomson Reuters law libraries were sent to 14 law schools and women’s or human rights organizations in Angola, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal and The Gambia,” said Ellis. The prepackaged law library includes more than 300 new, latest edition law books on specifically requested subjects. The 14 law libraries were included in Books For Africa container shipments of other school and library books that included more than 1.6 million books to 19 African countries.

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