A NIALS Research Fellow, Mrs Jane Ezirigwe was on  7th July, 2016 declared the Winner of the SEERIL IBA Annual Conference Scholarship Competition 2016. The Essay competition, which is very competitive, is designed for young legal scholars from all over the world. Mrs Jane Ezirigwe from Nigeria will be sponsored by the IBA to the next IBA Conference coming up in September, 2016. She holds an LL.B degree from the University of Abuja, Nigeria and attended the Nigerian Law School, Bwari Campus, graduating with a Second Class (Upper Division) from both institutions. She also holds an LLM (Economic Regulation) with Honours Distinctions from the University of London, United Kingdom. She has been a recipient of various other awards and scholarships within the past ten years, including the University of London award for Academic Excellence. The Director General, on behalf of the NIALS family, salutes her competitive spirit and wishes her well as a Nigerian ambassador to the world.

Read Abstract of her Award Winning Essay

The Annual Workshop on International Humanitarian Law For University Teachers was held at Barcelona Hotel, Wuse II from 21st - 23rd of June 2016. The workshop was hosted by ICRC in collaboration with NIALS. The introductory session started with developments in the teaching of and Research of International Humanitarian Law in different Universities  in Nigeria.

A NIALS Research Fellow, Dr. Irekpitan Okukpon-Adesanya was on 15th April 2016 selected as one of 25 participants from all over the world to attend the 52nd session of the 2016 International Law Seminar at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland in July 2016 for three weeks.

It cannot be over-emphasized that the purpose of a criminal prosecution is not to obtain a conviction; it is to lay … what the Crown considers to be credible evidence relevant to what is alleged to be a crime. Counsels have a duty to see that all available legal proof of the facts is presented: it should be done firmly and pressed to its legitimate strength but it must also be done fairly. The role of prosecutor excludes any notion of winning or losing; his function is a matter of public duty than which in civil life there can be none charged with greater personal responsibility. It is to be efficiently performed with an ingrained sense of the dignity, the seriousness and the justness of judicial proceedings.

The 2016 Founders’ Day Lecture took place on Monday 18th April 2016 at the Professor Ayo Ajomo Auditorium, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), Unilag Campus, Yaba, Lagos State. Dignitaries present at the occasion included the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Justice Mahmud Mohammed, GCON (ably represented by Justice Clara Ogunbiyi); the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN (ably represented by the Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary of the Federation, Mr. Taiwo Abidogun; a former Minister for External Affairs, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, the Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University, Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun; Two former Directors general of the Institute, Profs M.A. Ajomo and D.A Guobadia were also in attendance. Hon. Justice Oguntade, CFR, J.S.C. (Rtd) chaired the event.