The Malabo Convention: Bridging the AU-EU Data Divide?

Event date
22 February 2023
Event time
13:00 - 14:00
Oxford week
HT 6
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Elias Okwara, Nobukhosi Zulu

The Malabo Convention: Bridging the AU-EU Data Divide?

In this webinar our topic is The Malabo Convention, which was adopted by 55 African heads of state in 2014. As well as improving legal safeguards of cybersecurity and data protection within the African Union, it also aims at complementarity with the Council of Europe’s Budapest Convention on Cybercrime, and potentially the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.

Data flows between the EU and the AU have, for years, been lopsided. Personal data from African citizens enters Europe far more easily than Europeans’ data can be shared outside the EU. Among the inequities created by this imbalance is a (at least) partial exclusion from international research consortia based on data-exchange.

Does the Malabo Convention, and the domestic legislation that may flow from it, hold any promise to redress this balance?

We welcome attendees to join and contribute to the discussions.


Elias Okwara is a Partner at the Africa Risk Management & Compliance Partners (ARMC) and a member of the African Union Task Forces on Cybersecurity and the Malabo Convention (African Union Convention on Cybersecurity and Personal Data Protection). 

 Nobukhosi Zulu is an experienced human rights researcher and advocate based in South Africa. She has a special focus on access to and protection of personal information in data flows between the Global North and South.

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