Renowned Professor of Public Law and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), Professor Akinola Ibidapo-Obe will on March 24, 2021 deliver his inaugural lecture at the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
The lecture which is scheduled for 4 pm at the popular J. F. Ade Ajayi Auditorium of the university is titled “Battle of three ancestors and the jurisprudence of Black Africa.”
An invitation by the UNILAG Vice Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe noted that “Guests are requested to be seated by 3.45 p. m.,” moreso as strict COVID-19 protocols will be observed.
The hybrid event will also be beamed live to a global audience via the ZOOM platform. A message by Prof. Ogundipe reads:
The Vice Chancellor is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Inaugural Lecture of Professor Akin Ibidapo-Obe
Time: Mar 24, 2021 04:00 PM West Central Africa
Meeting ID: 667 9054 8799
Professor Ibidapo-Obe obtained his LL.B Degree from the University of Lagos in 1977 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in July 1978. He was awarded LL. M. with Distinction from the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University OAU, in 1980. He joined the Faculty of Law of OAU as Lecturer II in 1989. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1996 and Associate Professor with effect from 1st October 1998. He has been Examinations Officer, Sub-Dean and Ag. Head of Department of Public Law. He was visiting Professor of Law at Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A. in 1993. He has also been an Exchange Scholar to the University of Nottingham, England. He has delivered papers at learned conferences in several countries. As an Afrocentric legal scholar with special interest in African Customary Law, his contributions were rewarded with the traditional honour of Bamofin-Ibile Ipetumodu (exponent of indigenous law). He was a Director of Constitutional Rights Project (CRP); Member, Director, and Founder of several other notable human rights organisation. As Dean of Law at the Univeristy of Lagos, Professor Ibidapo-Obe pioneered Introduction of Law and Religion Studies as an approved course for the 2016–2017 session. He credits his involvement with the law and religion movement to his attendance at the 21st International Symposium on Law and Religion Studies in Provo in October 2014. Professor Ibidapo-Obe and colleagues throughout Nigeria have formed the Nigeria Association for Law and Religion Studies and the West African Regional Centre for Law and Religion Studies to promote teaching and research on law and religion in Nigeria and the West Africa subregion.
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