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10 March 2022

Nigerian Federal Ministry of Justice delegates attend online seminar “The HCCH & the Apostille Convention: Exploring the Benefits for AALCO Members

Building on discussions from her time in Nigeria last month, Onyoja was asked to help facilitate the registration of Nigerian FMOJ delegates at the HCCH-AALCO seminar. The Nigerian FMOJ accepted the invitation from the Secretariat of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organisation (AALCO) to the Attorney General of the Federation and Honourable Minister to attend. At the seminar, Nigeria was represented by the Deputy Director, Principal State Counsel, and Senior Legal Counsel, International and Comparative Law Department, Federal Ministry of Justice.

28 February 2022

Further talks with Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Justice

Onyoja’s proposed visit to Nigeria was warmly welcomed by the acting Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice and the Director of Legal. On 28 February 2022, she met with them at their offices at the Ministry of Justice, Abuja, creating the avenue to discuss updates and moving forward in progressing the aim of improving the legal mechanism and framework in matters relating to private international law / conflict of laws in Nigeria.

19 November 2021

Abu presents at NICARB’s 2021 annual conference

The Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators held their annual conference on the 19th and 20th of November 2021. The theme of the event was “Disruption and the New Normal in Arbitration/ADR”. On day 1, Abu presented at on the second plenary session, discussing the “Conflict of Laws under AfCFTA and its Effect on Trade and Commerce”. Further information on this hybrid conference can be found here.

19 October 2021

The Hague Conference celebrates 25 Years of the 1996 Hague Child Protection Convention

The HCCH | Approach, The Global Event, took place on 19 October 2021 to mark the 25th Anniversary of the 1996 Child Protection Convention, launching the Approach initiative: Advancing and Promoting the Protection of All Children. Onyója presented the case for Nigeria acceding to the Convention. Full details of the event, agenda and speakers can be found on the HCCH website.

31 August 2021

The Secretary General of the Hague Conference and Onyója embark on a Joint Mission to Abuja

At the forefront of this mission was the renewed efforts to promote the progressive reunification of private international law in Nigeria, to speak to key Nigerian officials to discuss HCCH matters. It was clear that for meaningful strides, engaging the stakeholder Ministries at Federal level was key. At the heart of the mission, the joint endeavours of Dr Bernasconi and Onyója, following months of discussions and planning, with special assistance from the Nigerian Ambassador to the Netherlands. Dr Bernasconi and Onyója were received by and held key meetings including with His Excellency, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malawi SAN; and Her Excellency, Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Tallen OFR, KSG. Both expressed their full support for Nigeria joining the Hague Conference and acceding to core conventions.

8 July 2021

Onyója delivers paper to Lagos State Ministries, High Court judges and NGOs at Child Protection Workshop in Lagos.

Dr Onyoja Momoh presented at a three-day conference in Lagos, between the 7th and 9th July 2021 on “Child Protection Systems Strengthening for Court Judges, Magistrates & Assessors”. The Lagos State Government, in collaboration with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), organised this event attended by representatives from the Ministries, the judiciary, legal, NGOs, academics and other key functionaries as part of the effort toward reinforcing measures on child protection and child rights in Nigeria. Onyoja addressed the delegates on day 2 on the Hague family conventions, aligning with the theme on child protection and concluding that there was a clear argument for Nigeria to adopt the Hague Family Conventions to improve inter-state cooperation for the protection of children, especially in cross-border situations, ameliorate issues of conflict of laws and, not less important, to ensure that promoting the welfare of the child, is in deed and in action, at the forefront of the government’s agenda and mandate.

21 June 2021

The NGPIL hold their Inaugural event

The Nigeria Group on Private International Law inaugural event formally launched the group’s activities, with over 130 registrants and distinguished speakers and audience alike. Opening remarks will be made by Dr Christophe Bernasconi, HCCH Secretary General, and keynote by Professor Richard Frimpong Oppong (Author of PIL in Commonwealth Africa, and co-author of PIL in Nigeria).

3 June 2021

Chukwuma interviews with News Asser Today: “With increasing investments in Africa, knowledge of private international law will be key.”

Headline: With the fast-growing international trade with Africa comes an inevitable rise in trade disputes. For trade to run smoothly, questions such as ‘what courts have jurisdiction; what law(s) should apply; will a foreign judgment be recognised and enforced by the courts of African states’ will need to be resolved. Meet Chukwuma Okoli, Asser researcher in private international law in Africa: “Young academics should remain true to themselves.”

The full interview can be found here.

31 May 2021

Onyoja is hosted by Head of the Ghana Central Adoption Authority (Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development) in Accra

For a week commencing on 31st May 2021, under the auspices of a collaborative research proposal into the feasibility and desirability of Nigeria acceding to the 1933 Hague Convention to combat child trafficking and reinforces the protection of children across national and international borders, Onyoja visited signatory Country Ghana, hosted by Mr Stephen Tikai Dombo, Head of the Ghana Central Adoption Authority at the Ministry for Gender, Children and Social Development, discussing the 1993 Hague Adoption Convention acceded to in 2016, he describes it as “one of the best things Ghana could do in terms of child protection and development”. In the course of the visit to Ghana, she met with officials at their Regional Offices, the family courts and NGO (International Justice Mission, Ghana). Report to follow.

25 May 2021

Onyoja is an invited expert at the UK House of Lords Justice and Home Affairs Committee private roundtable

Onyoja was invited to present and answer questions on international cooperation in respect of civil justice, focusing on international family law and building on her experience as both a scholar and a practitioner.

10 May 2021

Abu Yekini delivers the May 2021 edition of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Law in Africa (Virtual)

On 10 May 2021, Dr Yekini gave a guest lecture as part of the virtual workshop series “Private International Law in Africa” on “enforcement of Jurisdiction Agreements in Nigeria”. The series discussed new academic work on private international law in Africa and explores solutions on improving the current framework on the continent. The Virtual workshop was held as a video conference via Zoom, more information available here.

21 to 23 April 2021

Chukwuma Okoli, Abu Yekini and Onyoja Momoh are judges at the Pax Moot Competition on Private International Law

Funded by the EU Commission and coordinated by the University of Antwerp, members of the NGPIL were invited to acts as judges to assess student performances representing Law schools from around the world, mooting on jurisdiction and choice of law issues.

31 March 2021

Pontian moderates the LACIAC debate “Should awards annulled at the seat be enforced by courts of other jurisdictions?

LACIAC, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre held a successful session of its Live Debates 3, hearing from debaters, Prof. Horacio Grigera Naon and Funke Adekoya, SAN, and moderator, Pontian Okoli, PhD FHEA, hailed for providing excellent analysis of the motion, as well as Dr. Babatunde Ajibade, SAN, the LACIAC Director on panel. LACIAC is an international alternative dispute resolution centre with a focus on fair and efficient alternative dispute resolution in Africa.

27 November 2020

The Nigerian Group on Private International Law Sets Sail 

On Thursday 5th of November 2020, the Nigerian Group on Private International Law (“NGPIL”) held its first committee meeting by virtual platform. In attendance at the meeting and forming the Committee of NGPIL were: Dr Onyoja Momoh (English Barrister at 5 Pump Court; Research Fellow at University of Aberdeen), Dr Pontian Okoli (Lecturer at University of Stirling), Dr Abubakri Yekini (Lecturer at Lagos State University) Dr Chukwuma Okoli (Post-Doctoral Researcher at T.M.C Asser Instituut), and Dr Chukwudi Ojiegbe (Contracts Manager at ACE Winches). This new initiative will bring together a unique group of experts with an important ethos: the promotion of private international law in Nigeria. See coverage on the conflicts of law website: https://conflictoflaws.net/2020/the-nigerian-group-on-private-international-law-sets-sail/

11 to 13 March 2020

Onyoja reports on the 23rd Annual Family Conference in Cape Town

Dr Onyoja Momoh, 2020 recipient of the International Grant (Bar Council and FLBA) attended the 23rd Annual Family Law Conference by Miller du Toit Cloete Inc / University of the western Cape, Cape Town South Africa, as a speaker and spectator. The trip was also part-funded by the University of Aberdeen, Centre for Private International Law, under the auspices of the POAM project.