Jul 13, 2019

5 Innovations Lawyers Should Note About The 2019 NBA Annual General Conference

The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Africa’s largest body of lawyers with over 100,000 members, will be holding its 59th,Annual General Conference scheduled to hold from August 23rd – 29th, 2019, at the Eko Hotel & Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Conference, which is one of Africa’s largest gathering of lawyers will have the theme; FACING THE FUTURE, a theme that is most relevant at this point in the history of our country, the Bar and Bench . World leaders, citizens and institutions worldwide are concerned about what the future holds. The rapidity of innovations and change in the political, business and professional space is perhaps more pronounced in our generation than ever before.  Nations worry, not about the inevitability of change, but about the capacity to predict, navigate and transform institutions to positively manage the present and future in a way that nourishes sustainable growth in wealth generation, freedoms, peace and security.

According to the Technical Committee for Conference Planning (TCCP). “One of the challenges facing the legal profession today is not just the effect of globalisation and technology but also its attendant disruption in almost every fibre of the society. Artificial intelligence, block chain, financial technology, cloud computing and electronic documentation are a few of the technologies that have directly impacted and would continue to impact the manufacturing and services sector including legal and justice sub-sectors. The legal practitioner’s task therefore, while appreciating the inevitability of the disruption, is to anticipate the depth of its impact and understand the need for strategic retooling in order to explore the opportunities inherent in the disruption.”

The Conference seeks to stir up conversation about our future as Legal Practitioners viz-a-viz emerging global trends and local realities as well as ensure lawyers individually discover the path to navigate the unforeseen future of legal practice. Also the Paul Usoro, SAN led NBA administration has introduced several dynamic innovations to this conference aimed at ensuring capacity building for lawyers and making it the best NBA conference ever for delegates.

The List of innovations introduced by the NBA President to ensure the coming NBA Conference is different from the norm include –

1.      Appointing some of the best minds into the Technical Committee for Conference Planning (TCCP)

The Chairman of the TCCP is Gbenga Oyebode, MFR, Chairman Management Board at Aluko & Oyebode and most certainly one of Nigeria’s most prominent lawyers. The Co – Chairman is Olumide Akpata, Partner at Templars and also past Chair of the Nigerian Bar Association’s Section on Business Law.  Others include the Chair persons of the NBA Sections – Mr. Seni Adio SAN, Chairman NBA SBL; Mrs. Miannaya Essien SAN, Chairperson, NBA SPL; Dr. Paul Annanaba, SAN, the Chairman SPIDEL and Professor Kanyinsola Ajayi of Olaniwun Ajayi & Co.

2.     Sessions are driven by the various NBA Specialist Committees

During previous NBA Annual General Conferences, general interest issues drove the sessions, however, the 59th #NBAAGC is driven by over 40 NBA Specialist Committees including the Committees on -

-          Energy, Natural Resources & Environment

-          Intellectual Property

-          Law and Individual Rights

- Civil Litigation/ Professional Development

-          Economic Development

-          Corporate Counsel

-          International Trade Law

-  Law Firm Management and Professional Development

-          Accountability and Governance  

The aim of allowing Committees drive the sessions is to ensure that lawyers who attend the sessions are able to learn new things and actually develop their legal skills.

3.     Structured after the IBA Conference

The NBA AGC 2019 is moduled after the IBA Conference, the International Bar Association is the global voice of the legal profession and is the foremost organisation for international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. The IBA Annual Conference serves to advance the development of law and its role in business and society and to learn from the experience of others.

4.      Most number of Past NBA Presidents playing active roles

This NBA AGC 2019 will have the most number of past NBA Presidents playing active roles at the conference. Mr. J. B Daudu, SAN will chair the session on the Code of Conduct Tribunal: A Clash of Judicial and Executive Powers; Mr. Austin Alegeh will chair the session on Trade in Legal Services: Current Realities and Future Possibilities and other past NBA Presidents playing active roles include Chief Bayo Ojo, SAN, Mr. A. B Mahmud, SAN Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN and Mrs Priscilla Kuye.

5.     Introducing dynamic discussion topics

The TCCP has introduced several dynamic and highly debated topics into the sessions scheduled to hold during the NBA AGC including topics on social media culture; incursion of Multi – Disciplinary firms; Brexit and African Trade; Challenges of Democracy in Nigeria, Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Legal Community, 10 Things No One Knew At Law School, Space the Final Frontier, Medical Negligence and the Rule of Law to mention a few.

About 12,000 Lawyers will be converging at the 2019 NBA AGC and it promises to be one of the best conferences ever.