UNILAG ELECTS ATSENUWA, FOREMOST LEGAL SCHOLAR, AS NEW DVC

Professor Ayodele Atsenuwa of the Department of Public Law is the newly elected Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development Services) of the University of Lagos.

At the Statutory Meeting of Senate held on Monday, March 29, 2021, she polled a resounding 81 votes (63.28%) via an electronic voting process to clinch the coveted seat.

According to a statement by the leading citadel of learning, Professor Atsenuwa is a Professor of Public Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos. Her teaching and research interests are wide and traverse Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, Human Rights Law, Gender and the Law, Law and Religion as well as Health and Migration Law.

Within the legal academia, she is widely respected for her initiatives aimed at bridging the gap between legal academics and legal practice, and is acknowledged for her efforts at evolving more development-oriented law degree programmes in terms of content and teaching methodologies.

Outside the university system, Professor Atsenuwa has done much to contribute to closing the gap between legal theory and practice and to the advancement of sustainable development in Africa through her leadership engagements. A member of the Institute of Directors (IOD), she has served on the boards of several institutions and organizations, including the Legal Research and Resource Development Centre, CLEEN Foundation, Orderly Society Trust, Partnership for Justice, Girls’ Power Initiative, Open Society Initiative for West Africa, National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Council of Legal Education of Nigeria, Lagos State Office of the Public Defender, Lagos State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, National Advisory Committee on APRM-NEPAD and the NBA Task Force on the North-East.

She has consulted for various international development organisations including the United Nations, European Union , UK-DFID/British Council, United States Agency for International Development, Ford Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation, among others.

Professor Ayodele Atsenuwa is the immediate past Dean of the Faculty of Law and comes into her new office with substantial administrative and community service experience.

Her appointment took effect from Monday, March 29, 2021.

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IBIDAPO-OBE DELIVERS UNILAG INAUGURAL LECTURE MARCH 24

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:

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Time: Mar 24, 2021 04:00 PM West Central Africa

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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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AGOMO DELIVERS UNILAG EXAUGURAL LECTURE TODAY

BY EMEKA NWADIOKE

Renowned law teacher and first female Dean of Faculty of Law, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Chioma Kanu Agomo will today deliver an Exaugural Lecture heralding her retirement from the university after over 40 years illustrious teaching career.

Titled “The reflections of a working woman in the University of Lagos workspace: 1980–2021,” the lecture promises to be a tour de force on the intersection between law, teaching, administration and gender issues among others.

Organized by the Faculty of Law, the blended event which holds at 3 pm is available via Zoom at Meeting ID: 81540067549 with Pass code as 652879. In line with strict observance of COVID-19 protocols, stakeholders are strongly encouraged to watch a live streaming of the exaugural lecture at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81540067549?pwd=SklWVXpYZE1SWnczYkkwWWMweVRjQT09.

Coming on the heels of an unblemished career which saw her become not only the pioneer female Dean of Law but also the first female to be elected Dean of a faculty since the establishment of the university in 1962, Agomo’s retirement from UNILAG is viewed by many jurists as the end of an era.

An expert in sundry areas of law including the law of contract, labour law, insurance law as well as gender and human rights, the respected jurist will retire from UNILAG on Monday, March 1, 2021 being the day she will clock 70 years.

Already, several events have been lined up to herald her celebrated exit from the ivory tower. Aside from a Special Board of Studies session also organised by the Faculty of Law, a Thanksgiving Service will hold on March 1, 2021 at 10 am at the Chapel of Christ Our Light, University of Lagos, Akoka. The Thanksgiving Service will be streamed live at bit.ly/agomothanksgiving. Also, an autobiography titled “My Story, My Song” will be unveiled the same day at 1 pm at the church’s Global Christian Centre (GCC) Auditorium. Admission to the events is strictly restricted in observance of COVID-19 protocols.

While the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe is the Chief Host for both events, the President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Benedict Bakwaph Kanyip (FNIALS) is the Special Guest of Honour. The Guests of Honour are Prof. Fidelis Oditah, QC SAN and Bar. Chris Ezem, Secretary to Abia State Government. The book presentation will be chaired by Dr. Kingsley Ononogbu, while renowned law teacher and jurist, Prof. Taiwo Osipitan, SAN is the book presenter. The book reviewer is Prof. Chimdi Maduagwu, Director of the Confucius Institute at UNILAG. Attendance at both events is however strictly restricted, due to COVID-19 regulations.

Prof. Agomo was born on March 1, 1951 to Sir Henry Kanu Offonry OFR and Madam Chijiago Stella Udeogu of Nkpa in Bende Local Government of Abia State. Chioma’s parents separated in 1954, when she was three years old. She was thereafter, raised by her paternal grandmother, Madam Nnenne Ogbodiya.

After her early education, she was admitted by Queen Mary College, University of London to read Law in 1973. She graduated in 1976 with an Upper Honours Bachelor’s degree and earned her Master of Laws (LLM) degree (with Merit) in 1977.

She returned to Nigeria in September 1979 and enrolled at the Nigerian Law School. She was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1980. From September 1980, she undertook her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) primary assignment in the Department of Commercial and Industrial Law, University of Lagos. She was retained immediately after her service year in 1981, and thus began her UNILAG career that has spanned almost 41 years. Agomo rose through the ranks to become a Professor of Law of the University of Lagos in 2001, notionally backdated to 1999.

She is a member of the Board of Trustees of various organisations including the Nigerian Association of Law Teachers (NALT) and Prison Fellowship Nigeria (PFN); Council and Life Member of the Nigerian Society of International Law; Member, Nigerian Bar Association; former Chairperson, Chapel Committee, Chapel of Christ Our Light, University of Lagos, and currently its honorary Legal Adviser. Professor Agomo is an Honorary Fellow of her alma mater, Queen Mary College, University of London, and a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators.

Prof. Agomo is married to Dr. Philip Agomo. She is a proud mother of two biological sons and two grand-daughters, and is also blessed with many non-biological children and grand-children, who have all enriched her life.

She has written several books and articles including: Modern Nigeria Law of Insurance; Law and Industrial Relations – Nigeria, Gender and Human Rights in Nigeria. She has also co-authored numerous publications including: Human Rights of Workers in Nigeria: The Role Of The Courts; Law and Industrial Relations – Nigeria (Monograph) in International Encyclopaedia of Laws; The Right to Work and the Right to Strike in Nigeria, Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference of Law Teachers; Legal Education in the Development and Regulation of Economic Activities in Nigeria: Proceedings of the 24th Conference of the Nigeria Association of Law Teachers and many others.

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