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Professor Adedeji Adekunle Features as Guest Lecturer for The Maiden Annual Public Law Lecture of The Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos State.

The maiden Annual Public Law Lecture of the Department of Public Law,

Faculty of Law, University of Lagos took place on Thursday 30th June 2016 at the Faculty of Law Annex Lecture Theatre, University of Lagos. The Director-General, Professor Adedeji Adekunle was the Guest Lecturer at the event where he delivered a lecture titled ‘The Future of Public Law.’

The lecture expounded on the evolution of public law since the 18th century and its relationship with private law and other functions of public law in contemporary (state) legal practice and its ability to influence other disciplines. The resilience of public law is reflected in its new forms of interpretation and dominance in issues relating to market state, thus giving rise to implications and possibilities for the burgeoning academic/public law expert.

The Guest Lecturer suggested that there is urgent need to strengthen the institutions of government in order for the state to deliver the dividends of good governance to the people.

Emeritus Professor Adedokun Adeyemi commended the Chairperson of the occasion Hon Justice Kekere Ekun, JSC, as a woman of integrity. He noted further that at a time the faculty was departmentalized, he stood his ground by not allowing the nomenclature given to the Public Law to be restrictive, knowing that in future the Department will grow in concept and scope making it to be inter-related with other areas of Law in the Faculty. He commended the Guest Lecturer for a well-researched paper.

The Chairperson, Hon Justice Kekere Ekun, JSC, commended the HOD, Public Law, Prof Ayo Atsenuwa and the Dean, Faculty of Law for engaging the various stakeholders in cutting edge research and thereby placing it as a fore front of the drive to reshape our laws for the development of the country.

Other dignitaries that graced the prestigious lecture include but not limited to the following: The Chief host, Professor Rahamon Adisa Bello, FNSHEE, Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos ably represented by Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and Research, Professor Tuyo Ogundipe; Chief Registrar Lagos High Court, Mr Daniel Gbenga Ogundare; Director Public Prosecutor, Ministry of Justice, Lagos, Mrs. Alakija; Mrs. Titi Akinlawo SAN; Dean of Law and Host, Professor Akin Ibidapo-Obe; Dean of Postgraduate school UNILAG, Professor Solomon Akinboye; Convener, Prof Ayodele Atsenuwa, Head, Department of Public Law, UNILAG; Professor Joseph Abugu, Professor Agomo, C.K, Professor Fogam, P.K, Professor Bolodeoku, I.O, Associate Professor Sanni, A.O, Professor Oyebode, A.B, Professor I.O. Smith, Professor Taiwo Osipitan, SAN ; Professor Joke Oyewunmi; Professor Oyewo, O.; and Associate Professor K.O. Amusa.

The high point of the occasion was the presentation of plaque to the Guest Lecturer, Professor A.O. Adekunle in appreciation for sharing his wealth of experience with the Faculty of Law and the University of Lagos community.

For full text of the lecture, please click on the link below:

The Future of Public Law Lecture