NBA Annual Conference Planning Committee releases schedule of events | The Guardian Nigeria News

Ahead of the 62nd Annual General Conference (AGC) of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to be held from August 19-26, 2022 in Lagos, the NBA Technical Committee on Conference Planning (TCCP) 2022 has released the schedule. programs for an event.

The 2022 conference, themed: “Bold Transitions”, will be held at the Eko Atlantic City on Victoria Island, Lagos, where renowned Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, will be the keynote speaker.

TCCP Chair Tobenna Erojikwe said there will be a total of six plenaries and five breakout groups over a three-day period from August 22-24, 2022.

Another breakdown shows that the first breakout session, which will take place on August 22, will feature the session on technology transitions sponsored by Meta, owners of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, on the theme “Towards an effective privacy regime and Data Protection: The Role of the Nigerian Lawyer”.

Other sub-themes in this group are, “AfCFTA: Nigerian Lawyers’ Capacity to Service a Globalized Economy”, which will analyze the changes in international trade in Africa since the signing of the AfCFTA and the expectations associated with operating in a globalized economy. , highlight and explain the strengths and potential shortcomings of Nigerian lawyers, and propose action plans to address the shortcomings; “Financial Technology Transitions: Regulating Innovation” and “Security Issues and the Nigerian Federation”.

The first plenary session, to be held on August 22, will see the leading presidential candidates for the 2023 general elections speak on the theme “Democratic Transitions in 21st Century Nigeria: 2023 and Beyond”.

Stressing the importance of the Plenary of Presidential Candidates, the TCCP said it would provide an opportunity to critically assess Nigeria’s democratic journey since 1999, identify key challenges that have always plagued politics and assess sustainable solutions to these challenges.

“With the poor state of our economy, growing insecurity, comatose education system, crumbling infrastructure, lingering inter-ethnic crises and generally high cost of living, the 2023 elections could be a watershed moment for Nigeria.

“This session will provide a platform for the leading presidential candidates in the 2023 elections to outline their respective roadmaps for addressing Nigeria’s key challenges and leading Nigeria’s next democratic transition,” Erojikwe said.

The second plenary session on “Energy Transitions, Revenue Challenges for the Nigerian Federation” will examine the options open to Nigeria to meet its growing revenue demands, how state governments are handling declining federal allocations and options potential alternatives for generating revenue, the global push for energy transition, as well as preparing Nigeria for an oil-free future.

This comes against the backdrop of Nigeria’s declining revenues amid falling global demand for oil, concerns over climate change, ongoing challenges of oil theft and vandalism, and global abandonment fossil fuels.

“NBA in Transition: Conversation with the NBA Presidents” will be the focus of the first plenary session on August 23. The session will examine how the laudable initiatives of the current NBA administration, which will complete its two-year term at the end of the 2022 conference, have built on the efforts of previous NBA administrations and the foundations that they throw for future administrations.

“It will also examine the transition and sustainability of projects executed by successive NBA administrations and identify ways to keep the NBA responsive to the needs of its members and society as a whole,” Erojikwe said.

The plenary session on “The Effective Delivery of Justice: A Review of the Outcomes of the Justice Sector Summit” will build on the outcomes of the recent Justice Sector Summit, where solutions were proposed to various issues affecting the justice sector via a statement released at the end of the summit.

The session will review the status of implementation of the Justice Sector Summit recommendations and identify practical solutions to any obstacles to the implementation of the Summit outcomes.

The second day, August 23, will feature two groups of breakout sessions. The first will cover topics such as “Building a Respectable Bar: Issues Raised by the Regulation of the Legal Profession in Nigeria”; “The Lawyer Fit for Purpose: Reflections on the State of Legal Education in Nigeria”; “Legal Ethics and Labels: Restoring the Dignity of the Legal Profession in Nigeria”; and the Lagos State Government Presentation Session, while the second will feature “The Earning Capacity of Lawyers: A Discussion of the NBA Compensation Committee Report”; “Technology and the Law: Creating a Digital NBA”; “Spotlight on brutality, abuse of power and harassment of lawyers by security agencies”; and “Funding Your Practice and the NBA’s Access to Funding Program”.

On August 24, the first plenary session, the MacArthur Foundation session, will focus on “ACJA’s impact on the administration of criminal justice.”

It will assess the impact of the Criminal Justice Administration Act (ACJA) in Nigeria since its enactment, undertake a comparative review of changes in the administration of criminal justice in states where the ACJA has been re-enacted and provide recommendations for optimizing layouts. of the ACJA.

The plenary session on “Health and Wellbeing” will provide advice on how lawyers can achieve a decent work-life balance despite the busy schedules and demands of their jobs, examine the habits lawyers need to instill and maintain to stay fit and healthy, while on and off work, and to provide helpful advice and tips on how lawyers can manage or seek help for depression and mental health issues.

On August 24, the first set of breakout sessions will involve the various sections of the NBA. The NBA Women Forum session will address “Altering the Narrative: The Role of Law and Policy in Positioning Women for Hegemonic Status”; The section on business law (SBL) will explore “the creation of sustainable regulatory institutions”; The section on Legal Practice (SLP) will focus on “exploring practical strategies to address the problem of forum-shopping and conflicting court decisions in Nigeria”, while the section on public interest and development law (SPIDEL) will address the topic “Undermining the Judiciary: Implications for the Rule of Law and the Administration of Justice”.

The final breakout session will feature the Young Lawyers Forum (Job Fair) and the Human Rights Institute, as well as sessions on “Delays in the Administration of Justice: The Mechanisms Are Alternative Dispute Resolution the Answer? and “Lawyers with Disabilities: Strategies for Achieving Inclusiveness and Equality”.

Jennifer C. Burleigh