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.
A graduate intern at the Abuja Office of the Institute Ms Olufunto Akinterinwa was on March 23, 2016, selected as one of the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellows and will therefore be representing Nigeria.
The daughter of Professor and Mrs. Bola A. Akinterinwa, Olufunto had her secondary school education at Queens College, Yaba, Lagos. She read Law at the University of Abuja and also attended the Nigerian Law School for the professional qualification, Barrister at Law. She is the Author of a novel, Stranded on Foreign Soil (Ibadan - Bolytag International Publishers, 2011, 113 pp.) She also authored Activities of the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora under the Chairmanship of Honorable Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
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.
Held at Kaduna on 28th – 28th September 2015.
The Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 was signed into law in May, 2015 by the immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan. The purpose of this Act is to ensure that the system of Administration of Criminal justice in Nigeria promotes efficient management of Criminal justice institutions, protect the interests of the suspect, the defendant and the victim. It is tailored to effectively address criminal justice Matters in Nigeria and reflect international best practices in the administration of criminal justice.
Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (University of Lagos Campus)
P.M. B. 12820 Lagos,
Supreme Court of Nigeria Complex
Three Arms Zone Central District Abuja.