NBA AGC DAILY – Tuesday 27th August 2019 Highlights
The NBA AGC 2019 has been by far the most engaging gathering of legal professionals in Nigeria. With over 40 Technical Sessions and expository Plenary Sessions, conference delegates have learnt and engaged on topics that will shape the future of the profession for the better.
Below are highlights of yesterday’s activities as well as thoughts from the Plenary Session on the Rule of Law
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN ADR: THE CHANGING FACE OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION
This session was one of the most well-attended sessions at the Conference. This indicated the interest of legal professionals to learn about the changing face of dispute resolution and the role technology will be playing in that future. On the panel were Mohammed Dele Belgore, SAN FCIArb, Funke Aboyade, SAN, Morenike Obi-Farinde, FCIArb and Ope Olugasa (MD/CEO of LawPavilion). The speakers pointed out the new technologies that were being adapted for the legal industry and the possibilities that were opening up to lawyers and dispute resolution experts as a result.
Funke Aboyade SAN, MCIArb pointed out new technology such as telepresence which was already in use in Nigeria. Mr Olugasa then shared on the use of Augmented Reality in the Court Room. He shared on some of the new technologies that LawPavilion was bringing into the legal space including predictive legal analytics, Artificial Intelligence in case management through the company’s Case Manager product, and the Solicitors and Arbitrators’ Toolkit, SAT. Other speakers further shared on the new technologies and the need for a legal framework within which they will operate. During the Q&A session, some of the lawyers wanted to know how lawyers can get into the Lawtech space. They were advised to be open to learning and to begin to learn through available online courses and programmes.
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND ECOLOGICAL CRISIS IN NIGERIA: A RULE OF LAW APPROACH
At this session, the key focus was on the environment and how the law in Nigeria could serve as a driver for the protection of the ecological space. One of the Speakers, Ikhide Ehighelua shared that although the Constitution of Nigeria provided for the protection of the environment, it also sabotaged that possibility by containing that provision, Section 20 CFRN, in Chapter 2 as opposed to Chapter 4. Chapter 2 only gives directive principles to the government. Another speaker Dr Ayo Arowolo pointed out that the Ecological Crisis exists in all regions but affects poor areas more. He called for a quick change of systems that will then influence climate change.
10 THINGS NO ONE KNEW AT LAW SCHOOL – LEARNING TO PRACTICE OR PRACTICING TO LEARN
The speakers shared extensively on the curriculum of the Nigerian Law School and the existing framework for the preparation of lawyer to practice in Nigeria. They went on to emphasise the need for individual lawyers to further prepare themselves for practice. This included going beyond what was learnt at the Law School. One of the speakers, Maureen Stanley-Idum advised the delegates to become what she described as a ‘rainmaker lawyer’ – one who initiates progress. Another speaker Emokiniovo Dafe-Akpedeye advised lawyers to practice law as a business. He emphasised the need for research, interpersonal skills development and proper practice management.
THE TAXING TASK OF TAXATION AND THE TAXMAN’S TENTACLES
The session on taxation focused on cursory looks at the legal provisions on Taxation in Nigeria. The speakers, Oluseye Arowolo, Bidemi Olumide, Ikechukwu Udume and Olaleye Adebiyi all looked at the framework of taxation in Nigeria and the attitude of people to government taxation. They encourage legal practitioners to look at new ways of aiding the public in appreciating the culture of paying taxes. They shared on new technologies that could be further adapted to aid the process, such as, Mobile applications, QR Code, Blockchain and so on.
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PLENARY SESSION – RULE OF LAW SYMPOSIUM