Nigeria Bar Association

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Chairman Ibrahim Magu and former Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, are among persons expected to speak at the law week of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Lagos Branch.

The Law Week, a yearly event, which attracts members of the Bar and Bench, security agencies, corporate and civil society organisations, and individuals from diverse fields of expertise, will hold from October 5-8, with the theme: “Judicial Independence and the Democratic Process.”

Organising committee chairman, Mr Kemi Balogun (SAN), said former Supreme Court Justice George Oguntade will chair the opening ceremony to be held at the MUSON Centre on October 6. Former NBA president Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) will give the keynote address.

Balogun said 10 technical and breakout sessions will also hold at the same venue. Among the topics to be discussed include Judiciary in an Emerging Economy, Challenges and Prospects; Financial Due Diligence and Anti-bribery Laws; Emerging Trends in Copyright, Computer Software and Trademarks; Mergers, Acquisitions and Strategic Alliances: The Role of a Lawyer; Aircraft Leasing and the Global Jurisdictional Issues, as well as a Mock Arbitration legal clinic.

Chairman of Bi-Courtney Limited, Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN), will speak on “Judiciary in an Emerging Economy: Challenges and Prospects.” Discussants for the session include Chairman of United Bank for Africa, Mr. Tony Elumelu, as well as the Human Resources & Corporate Services Executive at MTN Nigeria, Ms. Amina Oyagbola.

Balogun said the General Interest and Practice Session will deal with the issue of corruption and financial crimes and will feature Executive Secretary of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye. He will speak on “Financial Due Diligence and Antibribery Laws.”

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