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NBA Lagos unveils theme for 2021 annual law week


FILE: Lawyers file out of the Nigerian Law School in Lagos. Lawyers in Lagos are getting set for the NBA Lagos Law Week.

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Lagos branch has unveiled ‘Disruption, Innovation and the Bar’ as the theme for its 2021 annual Law Week.

The event holds from July 23 to July 29 at the Shell Hall, MUSON Centre, Lagos.

The theme for this year’s NBA Lagos Law Week is apt especially at a time information technology is virtually driving major innovations around the world and also changing the way businesses do things ranging from communication to banking and payments, education, and transportation, amongst others.

“The fast-paced innovation, disruptive solutions and services that information technology is bringing about have serious legal implications for every country including Nigeria,” read a statement from the NBA Lagos branch.

“It is therefore pertinent as lawyers that we understand the practice of law in this technological era, how to be positioned and relevant. The relevance of a lawyer in a developing nation and the world at large goes beyond litigation. Lawyers should be aware of how to gain relevance in a changing world and the challenges to face.”

To give the keynote address on this topic at the annual law week are former Emir of Kano and one-time governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, HRH Mohammed Sanusi II, and public policy analyst and senior economic advisor at the AEDPI, Oby Ezekwesili.

Both speakers will set the tone for the conference by giving an overview of how technology, innovation and trade liberalisation are disrupting the practice of law across the globe and what it means for the Nigerian legal practitioner.

Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), Hon. Attorney-General, Lagos State and Efe Etomi would formally open the two-day conference of the NBA Lagos Branch Law Week 2021 with a welcome note.

There would be eight plenary sessions with experts from various sectors of the economy to discuss issues around national security and fundamental rights, creating world-class law firms in Nigeria, bringing justice delivery in Nigeria into the 21st century, and changing the landscape of arbitrator disclosure obligations.

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