Oputa Lecture

The Oputa Lecture is named in honour of Chukwudifu Akunne Oputa, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, and most recently the Chair of the Human Rights Investigation Commission. Justice Oputa launched the Supreme Court of Nigeria into its golden age in the 1980s and left an indelible mark on its jurisprudence. The Oputa Lectures provide a forum in which Africans who are involved with governance on the continent can interact and exchange ideas with the York University community and the larger Canadian audience, to the mutual benefit of both Canada and African societies, on the challenges and triumphs of governance on the continent.


Some past lectures:

May 10, 2014

The Declaration of a State of Emergency in Parts of Nigeria: Problems and Prospects

Epiphany Azinge
Digerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

April 11, 2012

The Nigerian Federal System of Government: A Case for Review

His Excellency Dr. Ike Ekweremadu
Deputy President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Speaker of the West African Parliament

March 2, 2011

Governance, Electoral Reform and Human Rights in Africa

Mr. Roland Ebuware
Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria

November 5, 2009

Towards the Pursuit of Justice and Security in the Mano River Basin:
The Special Court for Sierra Leone a Case Study

Mr. Joseph Kamara
The Prosecutor of the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone
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