The Statute of the AAIL provides:
ARTICLE 3: OBJECTS AND PURPOSES OF THE ASSOCIATION
"The objects and purposes of the Association are:
(a) To foster the development and dissemination of African perspectives and practices of international law, in particular, through the publication of an African Yearbook of International Law and the establishment of an African Centre of Studies and Resarch in International Law;
(b) To assist in the development of international law, recognizing the special needs of Africa;
(c) To promote the teaching of international law in Africa, and to encourage and coordinate research on international law mainly through the establishment of"
ARTICLE 7: RELATIONSHIP WITH NATIONAL SOCIETIES, BRANCHES ETC
"Existing national societies having an interest in international law may become national branches or chapters of the Association if they so desire by adhering to the Association as provided under Article 4. Branches and chapters of the Association may also be created in those countries where national societies do not exist. The Association shall encourage the creation of national societies of international law. National societies, not members of the Association, may cooperate with it on the basis of mutually agreed programmes. Such societies may also attend the General Conference."
ARTICLE 9: COMMITTEES, WORKING, STUDY AND RESEARCH GROUPS
"The Association may establish a research and study centre, committees, working groups, study groups or research groups, or any other organ which it determines to be necessary for carrying out its objects and purposes. Committees, working groups and research groups may be established by the Executive Committee, the Council or the General Conference. The Centre of Studies and Research in International Law shall be established by the Council at the appropriate time."