Bar Human Rights Committee Chair Kirsty Brimelow QC, Membership Secretary Grainne Mellon and Executive Officer Amanda June Chadwick are this week attending the 58th Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association at the invitation of the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud, OON, SAN. Ms Brimelow QC will also be speaking at the conference at the plenary session on Wednesday on Rule of Law and Security.
The Conference, whose theme is “Transition, Transformation and Sustainable Institutions,” brings together more than 10,000 lawyers from across Nigeria to discuss the role various stakeholders can play in ensuring peaceful and successful transitions, as Nigeria prepares for its upcoming Presidential election in early 2019. The Conference will “focus on how transitions are handled in critical spheres of human endeavours and the strength of institutions to withstand the shocks that may be incidental to change.” Speakers at the conference have included the President of Nigeria, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, the President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and the Former President of Nigeria, His Excellency General Abdulsalami A. Abubakar (rtd.) GCFR.
During the Conference, BHRC will also have the opportunity to meet with the President-elect of the Nigerian Bar Association Mr. Paul Usoro, SAN, as well as key stakeholders working in Nigeria.
Also in attendance is Naomi Barnard, Programme Manager of Rule of Law Experts-UK (ROLE-UK) to meet with the Nigerian Bar Association. ROLE UK has been a key supporter of BHRC’s recent projects in Nigeria including a training programmes for NBA lawyers on the rights and protections of IDPs in North East Nigeria and on environmental rights and alternative dispute resolution in the Niger Delta region. ROLE UK has also provided support for BHRC to attend the NBA Conference.