ODINKALU APPOINTED PROFESSOR BY TOP US VARSITY

Vocal human rights activist, Professor Chidi Odinkalu has been appointed a ‘Professor of Practice’ by one of America’s elite universities, Tufts University.

In a press release dated July 14, 2021 the leading university stated that Odinkalu, a former Chairman of Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), “will join Fletcher’s multi-disciplinary faculty focused on preparing tomorrow’s leaders to use the latest legal, political, economic, and business thinking to generate policies and inform decisions that shape global events.”

According to Kelly Sims Gallagher, Academic Dean at The Fletcher School, “Chidi Odinkalu is a renowned human rights activist with a distinguished record of public service who has spent more than three decades working at the front line of human rights law and research, development advocacy, international institutional law and governmental policy.”

The statement added that Odinkalu’s “profound contributions to the advancement of human rights intersect with Fletcher’s mission and core values,” adding that “We are delighted to welcome him to the Fletcher community.”

Tufts University is reputed as a leader in American higher education, distinctive for its success as a moderately sized university that excels at research and providing students with a personal experience. According to the university “Our unique combination of research and liberal arts attracts students, faculty and staff who thrive in our environment of curiosity, creativity and engagement.”

Below is the full text of the press release.

Human Rights Activist Chidi Odinkalu joins The Fletcher School
July 14, 2021

The Fletcher School is pleased to announce the appointment of international human rights law expert Chidi Anselm Odinkalu, PhD to a Professor of Practice faculty position for a three-year term beginning in the Fall of 2021.

He will join Fletcher’s multi-disciplinary faculty focused on preparing tomorrow’s leaders to use the latest legal, political, economic, and business thinking to generate policies and inform decisions that shape global events.

“Chidi Odinkalu is a renowned human rights activist with a distinguished record of public service who has spent more than three decades working at the front line of human rights law and research, development advocacy, international institutional law and governmental policy,” remarked Kelly Sims Gallagher, Academic Dean at The Fletcher School.

“His profound contributions to the advancement of human rights intersect with Fletcher’s mission and core values,” she added. “We are delighted to welcome him to the Fletcher community.”

Odinkalu’s background reflects an extensive record of research, publishing and teaching in the areas of human rights, development law and public policy throughout Africa, Europe and the US.

Most recently, he was part of a three-member team that mediated the readmission of The Gambia into the Commonwealth, where he litigated human rights before national and regional courts as well as in transnational contexts.

From 2011 to 2015, he chaired Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission, the country’s lead institution for the protection of human rights and promotion of human rights policy. He also worked within human rights philanthropy.

For 10 years prior, he was involved in drafting the Protocol for the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights through to adoption by the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in 1998.

In 2004, he led the advocacy effort for its entry into force with the creation of the Coalition for the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. For more than three years, until 1993, Odinkalu was head of legal services for the Civil Liberties Organization in Lagos, where he was responsible for litigation, advocacy and constituent building strategies, as well as managing relationships with the military government and its institutions.

“I am honored to join the Fletcher community and look forward to working with Fletcher’s students, faculty and administration to apply intellectual and strategic innovation to the most pressing challenges in governance and international human rights law,” said Odinkalu.

A native of Nigeria born into internal displacement during the country’s civil war, he received his PhD in law from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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GADZAMA TO CHAIR BENCHERS’ MENTORSHIP C’TE, SEEKS TO PARTNER NBA

Former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) presidential candidate and Bar Leader, Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama SAN has been appointed Chairman of the Mentorship Committee of the Body of Benchers (BOB).

Disclosing this in a letter to the NBA President, Mr. Olumide Akpata, Gadzama noted that the appointment was made on March 25, 2021 by the highest policy-making body in the legal profession.

In the letter made available to CITY LAWYER, the Bar Leader noted that “this is an interest that the BOB shares with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), which, under your leadership, has demonstrated a clear commitment to raising both ethical and professional standards at the Bar. The NBA has made laudable strides on its own, and I am convinced that even more spectacular achievements will follow if it collaborates with the Committee – and by extension, BOB – in discharging this mandate.”

Below is the full text of the statement.

J-K/ABJ/NBA/APP/04/21

Wednesday, 7th April, 2021.

Mr. Olumide Akpata,
President, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA),
National Secretariat, NBA House,
Plot 1101 Mohammadu Buhari Way,
Central Business District,
Abuja.

Dear Sir,

MY APPOINTMENT AS CHAIRMAN, MENTORSHIP COMMITTEE OF THE BODY OF BENCHERS (BOB)

On Thursday, 25th March, 2021, the undersigned had the privilege of being appointed Chairman of the Mentorship Committee of the Body of Benchers (BOB). The Mentorship Committee of the BOB is charged with the responsibility of promoting the values and skills that are crucial to excellence in the legal profession, and is committed to ensuring that these skills are transmitted to the coming generations of lawyers.

I understand that this is an interest that the BOB shares with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), which, under your leadership, has demonstrated a clear commitment to raising both ethical and professional standards at the Bar. The NBA has made laudable strides on its own, and I am convinced that even more spectacular achievements will follow if it collaborates with the Committee – and by extension, BOB – in discharging this mandate.

I look forward to working together with the NBA under your leadership, along with the Young Lawyers Forum, in the effort to raise ever higher the professional standards of our noble profession.

Thank you for your kind cooperation, and please accept the assurances of my highest esteem.

Yours faithfully,

__________________________
Joe-Kyari Gadzama, OFR, MFR, SAN.
JOM/SJA

CC:

Mr. Tobi Adebowale,
The Chairman,
Young Lawyers Forum
National Secretariat, NBA House,
Plot 1101 Mohammadu Buhari Way,
Central Business District,
Abuja.

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VARSITY APPOINTS ANANABA PROFESSOR OF LAW

Leading lawyer and Chairman of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Section on Public Interest and Development Law (NBA-SPIDEL), Dr. Paul Ananaba SAN has been appointed Professor of Law by Clifford University.

Founded in 2013, Clifford University, Owerrinta is a newly chartered institution by the Federal Ministry of Education of Nigeria following the recommendation of the National Universities Commission (NUC). It is one of the 144 tertiary institutions owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church worldwide.

Prof. Ananaba is a member of the Governing Council and Legal Adviser of Babcock University and Clifford University. He has served as an adjunct Professor at Adventist University of Africa, Kenya and Legal Adviser for Institute of Industrial Security and Safety of Nigeria.

He is a member and Fellow of several professional institutes and associations. A much sought after public speaker, Ananaba has written several books and articles. Prof. Ananaba is a draughtsman, mediator and arbitrator with over 27 years of experience in the legal profession.

He graduated from then Imo State University, Okigwe in 1990 and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1991. In 2003 he received a Master of Laws degree in Legislative Drafting from the Nigeria Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Law from Babcock University, Ilishan Remo in 2016.

An Associate Member of the Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM), Prof. Ananaba is also a member of the Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria (MAAN). He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration CIARB (UK) and a Fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Chartered Arbitrators (NiCArb). A Notary Public for Nigeria, Ananaba is registered with Securities and Exchange Commission as a Capital Market Consultant. He was a Lecturer of Law at Babcock University, Ilishan Remo, Ogun State and a visiting Lecturer/Facilitator at the Nigerian Institute of Management, Lagos.

He was a Member of the Students Representative Council, Abia State University, Uturu (1988-1989); Judge, NYSC Camp Court Wailo, Bauchi State (1992); Legal Advisor, West Central Africa Division, Seventh day Adventist Church (2016 till date); Member, Abia State Public Private Partnership Investment and Promotion Council (2017), and Member, National Executive Committee, Nigeria Bar Association (2017).

Prof. Ananaba has attended several national and international seminars and workshops as Guest Lecturer, Speaker and Facilitator. Among his several awards and recognitions are: Distinguished Award by Otu Oka Iwu (Law Society), 2014; Special Award by National Association of Polytechnic Students of Nigeria, 2015; Special Award by Nigeria Association of Adventist Lawyers, 2016; Abia State University Uturu Law Faculty Alumni Award, 2016 and Enyi Abia (The Elephant of Abia), 2018.

A ferocious litigator, Ananaba led Ukwa Ngwa lawyers in defence of former Senate President, Rt. Hon. Adolf Wabara in the suit for the position of Senate President. He also led Ukwa Ngwa lawyers pro bono in the suit at the Supreme Court against the excision of Osisioma Local Government Area from Abia South Senatorial Zone.

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