On 5 March 2019, Abdullateef Olasubomi Abdul, a young Nigerian lawyer, was appointed as the National Representative for Nigeria by the International Bar Association (IBA).
This follows his recent appointment as Chair of the Regional Development Subcommittee of the IBA’s International Sales Committee for a two year term from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2020.
The position of a National Representative is established by the IBA Young Lawyers’ Committee (YLC) in order to promote the interests of young IBA members within the jurisdiction of each National Representative.
As the National Representative for Nigeria, Abdullateef’s role includes fostering links between the IBA, young Nigerian lawyers, and the Nigerian Bar Association. As the Chair of the Regional Development Subcommittee, his functions include keeping the International Sales Committee apprised of developments in the subcommittee’s area, recruiting IBA members to assist in the subcommittee’s works, and assisting with any relevant sessions of the International Sales Committee.
“I hope to employ these roles to deepen my contributions to the legal profession and to young and aspiring lawyers in Nigeria and globally,” Abdullateef said. “I also hope to add depth to the Nigerian narrative.”
Abdullateef is an Associate in Ikeyi Shittu & Co, a full service Nigerian law firm. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies (SALS), London. A multi award-winning lawyer and writer, he was recently named as the 3rd most influential young Nigerian in Law & Governance and the 21st most influential young Nigerian overall for the year 2018.
He noted that excellence is his driving force. “Excellence is a very important value to me. It is at the heart of my being. In all that I do, I desire to be excellent. To apply the entire might of my being to the task at hand and to do it well.”