Eva Jhala was admitted to the Zambia Bar in 1979 and thereafter commenced her Public Service Career.  In 1987 she obtained her Master of Laws degree with Legislative Drafting from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland after having previously obtained a Senior Fellow Certificate in Legislative Drafting from the Legislative Drafting Institute of Canberra, Australia in 1981.  Between 1981 and 2012, she attended various specialist training Institutions that have enhanced her knowledge in governance matters (corporate and public governance, public administration and policy) and equipped her with problem solving and advisory capabilities covering a wide variety of subject areas, in the realm of public and private law.

Eva served as Chief Parliamentary Draftsperson and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Legal Affairs (Justice) and as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Science Technology and Vocational Training. During her tenure as a public servant, she attended and headed many delegations to high level conferences, negotiation meetings, workshops and seminars, covering an array of policy issues in public and private law and policy, governance, education, vocational training, technological and scientific fields.

As a public servant she was part of various Government Teams working on and negotiating important Government projects, for example, streamling and rationalisation of the privatization process, reforming the mining sector, energy and aviation sectors. Mrs. Jhala, during her time as a Civil Servant, also participated in high negotiations were with the World Bank, IMF, the Paris Club and Bilateral donors on various aspects of Government work.

Eva is now the Managing Partner of BEMVI Associates, a team of corporate and litigation legal practitioners, focusing mainly on legislative drafting, antitrust laws, corporate legal services, including energy, mining, agribusinesses, aviation, environmental and water related legal matters, and public private partnerships.

Mrs. Jhala is an ardent protagonist in the realm of constitutional law, not only does she teach comparative constitutions locally and regionally but has also participated in the drafting of the Zambian Constitution, the Kenyan Constitution and the Namibian Constitution. She has taught students from Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Botswana, Lesotho, Tanzania, Malawi, Ghana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe, in Legislative Drafting, Comparative Constitutions and Policy Development.

 Eva has personally drafted, since 1981, many laws for Zambia, including major Statutes (laws) and regulations, and continues to do so as a Legislative Drafting Consultant in the private sector.  She has, therefore, vast knowledge of the Zambian Statute Book, and as a result has been engaged by various clients to do due diligence projects, institutional and legal analysis of statutory bodies and strengthening and creating such frameworks, including in depth legal auditing assignments.

Eva Jhala was Chairperson of the Government Business Licensing Committee, funded by the World Bank, (2007-2008) which Report is still a reference point for reforms in the business sector, and whose recommendations have resulted in major legislative reforms in the corporate and financial sectors. She drafted the current Business Licensing Act, The Companies Act, the Securities Act, Banking and Financial Services Act, the Corporate Insolvency Act, including the, Trade Marks, Patents, Designs, Circuit Designs, traditional biological knowledge laws and the Property (Secured Transactions) Act and other intellectual property rights laws.

Eva drafted for the SADC-PF, the Eradicating Child Marriage and Protecting Children Already in Marriage Model Law and the Gender-Based Violence Model Law. She drafted the WHO Traditional Medical Knowledge Model Law.

Eva has been a Consultant in a number of Countries in the region, such as Ghana, Namibia, Lesotho, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Swaziland, Mauritius, Malawi, Egypt, South Sudan and Seychelles on a number of International Assignments, ranging from drafting of legislation on Land, Access to Information, Public Procurement, Aviation, Business and Commercial, laws and Teaching Public Procurement, Legislative Drafting and Law in Development.

Eva is currently highly involved in undertaking work in the realm of corporate law, anti-trust laws, aviation, mining, energy, water and environmental sectors, including transactional advisory services on major acquisitions in the banking and financial services and legislative drafting, including  advising on matters, developing and reviewing documents, and drafting legislative Bills relating to various subject areas funded by the European Union, World Bank, GTZ, SADC, USAID, AFDB, UN institutions and COMESA, and has worked with dynamic overseas consortium such as NTU and DAI.

Eva has served as Member and Chairperson of the African Legal Support Facility which is hosted by the AFDB.

Her rich CV refers.

Eva Jhala

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