WELCOME TO FACULTY OF LAW
Professor Akin Ibidapo-Obe, FCIArb.
Dean, Faculty of Law
It is a pleasure and a great privilege for me to have been elected as the 16th Dean of the prestigious Faculty of Law of the University of Lagos.I am humbled to sit at the Dean's Desk previously occupied by iconoclastic scholars
beginning with Professor L. C. B. Gower, the foundation dean; Dr. Taslim Olawale Elias, a legal genius, who occupied the Deanship position while he was also the Attorney-General of the Federation of Nigeria; Professor A. B. Kasunmu, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, and former Attorney -General of Lagos State; Professor M. I. Jegede, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a scholar of Yale Law School with the distinction of having completed his doctoral programme in fifteen months. Jegede went on to establish one of the most reputable indigenous law publishing firms in Nigeria.
Professor C. 0. Olawoye, outstanding legal authority on Land Law; Professor M. A.Ajomo, who went on to the position of Director General of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies; Professor A. A. Adeogun, who went on to be a Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos; Professor J. A. Omotola, who afterwards became a Vice -Chancellor of the University of Lagos, leaving behind remarkable administrative achievements; Professor A. 0. Obilade, a dedicated academic and author of one of the most enduring legal treatise in Nigeria —The Nigerian Legal System;Professor Isaac Oluwole Agbede, pioneer teacher of Conflict of Laws; Professor E. 0. Akanki; Professor A.A. Adeyemi (fondly called 'Millennium Dean') pioneer Legal Scholar of Criminology and single-handedly mainstreamed Criminology as a Faculty of Law based discipline. Professor C. K. Agomo, the first female Dean of the Law Faculty thereby earning the sobriquet of endearment as "Mummy" of the Faculty; Professor 0. Oyewo, Dean at the Faculty's attainment of fifty years of existence and therefore gained the appellation of "Golden Dean"; Professor I.0.Smith,Senior Advocate of Nigeria of the second generation of Deans, thereby perpetuating a tradition whereby several of our Deans (and Professors) are counted amongst the highest echelons of the legal profession. It is within this pantheon of giants that one has found himself as a Dean. It is both overwhelming and inspiring.
New Faculty Building
The Faculty has grown tremendously. Despite spirited rebuilding, restructuring and expansion, it has become inevitable to build a new structure that is commensurate with its status as the faculty of "first choice and the nation's pride" in which to house itself. A new ten -storey edifice has been proposed and is in the process of being built — an architectural impression of the new building is contained in this prospectus. It will hopefully be completed with appropriate official funding and financial support from the Faculty's alumni who are to be found in various important positions in Nigeria and all over the world.
Law and Religion conferences/Seminars/Workshop
The Faculty of Law has been engaged in a dynamic and fruitful collaboration with the International Centre for Law and Religion Studies (ICLARS) of Brigham Young University (BYU), Provo, Utah, United States. The relationship has been mutually beneficial. It began with an International Conference on Law and Religion Studies which was held from 23 to 28 February, 2014 at the University of Lagos. The conference had three components:
(i) an intensive training course in Law and Religion for law student volunteers.
(ii)a "Train the Trainers" Seminar Series for Lecturers to prepare them to teach Law and Religion as a distinctive course when such a course is introduced into the law curriculum.
(iii) an international conference on law and religion targeted at the members of the
Lagos and Ikeja Bar Associations.
All the segments of the programmes went very well and our partners were very pleased indeed. Since the conference was concluded, BYU and its partners have consistently involved the Faculty and some of its academic staff in various other
Law and Religion Conferences in Windhoek, Namibia (18 to 19 May, 2015); Cape Town (20 to 22 May,2015); Oxford University (21 to 23 June, 2015). ICLARS is also supporting the Faculty of Law to mount (under the auspices of the National Judicial Institute, Abuja) the 1st National Judicial Roundtable on the Intersection between Law and Religion: A World Perspective.
This is scheduled for the first or second quarter of 2016.
College of Negotiation
The College of Negotiation (CON) was established in 2011 as a multi -disciplinary postgraduate programme under a collaboration between the University of Lagos and the Nigerian Conflict Management Group (NCMG) International, a Nigerian -based International non -governmental organization. The College has a permanent site at Nos 1 & 6B, James George Street, Ikoyi, Lagos. In May 2014, the first batch of students for the eighteen -month programme of the College were admitted to study towards the award of degrees such as Master of Conflict Management (MCM), Master of Conflict Resolution (MCR) and Master of Legal Studies (MLS). The peculiar teaching methodology of the programme of study has necessitated a special training of the teachers of the course by Professor Michelle Riley of Columbia University, New York, United States who visited Nigeria to conduct the training course between 10 to 20 August, 2014. The students are in the 3rd semester of their study. The Faculty of Law has made available its Centre for Human Rights (CHR) in the Faculty of Law Annex for lectures pending final relocation to the permanent site which is under vigorous renovation presently.
The Justice and Culture Statue
A seven -foot bronze statue was unveiled on 12 June, 2015 by the Vice -Chancellor of the University, Professor Rahamon Adisa Bello and Honourable Justice Amina Adamu- Augie presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division. The statue is a culturally adapted version of the iconic law symbol Lady Thermis carrying the Scale of Justice in one hand and the Sword of Justice in the other hand. Her blindfolded face is intended to represent the impartiality that is the very soul of adjudication. The Faculty of Law version is an African maiden adorned in an attire meant to invoke a Fulani milk maid. Her beaded neck and plaited hair is evocative of the Yoruba culture whilst the bangles on her hands and feet represents a culture -style common to the Eastern states. Along with the scale of justice in one hand, our African maiden hoists a fly -whisk, common to traditional rulers as a symbol of praise or acquiescence whilst the other hand brandishes the Eben, a Benin sword that signals the stern justice that is reserved for the guilty. The statue was commissioned and donated by Omooba Yemisi Shyllon, an alumnus of the Faculty, well known for his philanthropy and penchant for cultural activism. It is expected that over the years, the Justice and Culture Statue would become one of the star attractions on the campus of the University of Lagos.
International Laurels for Faculty of Law Students
The students of the Faculty of Law are a great source of pride to the staff and students of the Faculty and the University at large. In the past eighteen months, the students through their Mooting Society, have participated in several international Moot competitions in Rome, New York and Lusaka in Zambia, and have won prizes for creditable performances.
The Alumni of the Faculty have distinguished themselves in several fields of endeavour.They have mostly continued to acknowledge the contribution of the institution that nurtured them. The 1980-83 Alumni set have, as always, been outstanding in their solidarity with the Faculty. Few weeks before accreditation visit by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Council of Legal Education, the alumni commenced, their prompt financial support to facilitate the re-fetting of the leaking roof of the Faculty building. The alumni -sponsored repainting saved the Faculty some blushes as the Works and Services Department of the University was a little bit tardy in their response to requests by the Faculty for those repairs.This unique set held their Annual Reunion for 2015 at Maryland, United States and provided tickets for two emeritus professors (Professors I. 0. Agbede and A. A. Adeyemi) and the Dean (Professor Akin Ibidapo-Obe), to attend the reunion events along with their spouses.
As the Faculty looks towards the future, we are encouraged that we continue to retain our position as the top law faculty in Nigeria, with dedicated academic and non-academic staff and responsible and ambitious students cognizant of their academic heritage of excellence.
Year Established : 1962
The Faculty of Law was established in 1962. It is one of the foundation teaching units of the University of Lagos. Teaching in the Faculty started in October, 1962 with an academic staff of five persons (two Nigerians and three Englishmen); twenty-six pioneer full-time students who started a three-year LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws) Degree Programme. A five-year Part-Time LL.B. Degree (Bachelor of Laws) Programme started in January, 1963, with thirty students, although the part-time programme has been scrapped now. The Faculty considers its role to be that of providing a sound University education in law in consonance with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Advisory Commission’s Report on the establishment of the University of Lagos. Although Lagos is no longer the political capital of Nigeria, it remains the commercial nerve centre and an ever expanding industrial metropolis. The following observation on page 33 of the UNESCO Report remains very valid.
Lagos is the judicial, commercial and international centre of the Federation and holds the largest concentration of practitioners. It is also the most rapidly developing industrial centre. Moreover, it is the centre of the Federal and constitutional development of law and practice of the greatest significance for all members of the profession in the future. Finally, its general cultural advantages and its specific professional opportunities for association with the members of the bench, the bar and the federal legal services, both public and private, are self-evident. Since its inception, the Faculty has been going through experimental stages involving several changes in the curriculum. In particular, the changes have taken into consideration the growing need to teach law in the light of social, political and economic changes and the need to inculcate the idea of understanding law not for its own sake but with reference to its relevance to society, locally and internationally. The Faculty was divided into the four departments with effect from 1st October, 1977. They are: the Department of Commercial and Industrial Law, the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law the Department of Private and Property Law and the Department of Public Law. Each Department is headed by a Professor of Law.