Certificate of Advanced Studies in

International Law and Diplomacy

July 22 –26 , 2024

Nigeria Institute of Advance Legal Studies, Supreme Court of Nigeria Complex, Three Arms Zone, Central District Abuja.


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About the Course


The advanced certificate course in international law is co-organized by the Nigerian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) and the International Law Association (ILA). The ILA was established in 1873, with the objective and mandate to promote “the study, clarification, and development of international law, both public and private, and the furtherance of international understanding and respect for international law.”


Given the importance of international law to national development, it is essential for key stakeholders in government, private practice, academia, and students to understand key multilateral agreements that, through their effective implementation, can accelerate sustainable development, specifically on issues related to foreign direct investments, regional economic integration, human rights, peace and security, climate change and environmental protection, management of new technologies, and alternative dispute resolution, amongst others. Maximizing Nigeria’s strong potential and growing influence in international law and diplomacy will require a new generation of professionals with expertise in international law and the art of negotiating complex trade and investment agreements that unlock prosperity and growth, while avoiding adverse human rights impacts.


The ultimate objective of this course is to expose participants to the specialised knowledge and skillsets required in the practice of international law and diplomacy. The course provides an in-depth examination of the core sources and principles of international law, the practical challenges that limit their effective design and implementation, especially in the context of developing economies, as well as the innovative approaches and skillsets required to negotiate win-win international instruments in an increasingly globalized world. The course will also address hot topics and trends that are particularly important for Nigeria, including the transfer of technology, the role of public-private partnerships in key economic sectors, business and human rights, and corporate social responsibility.

Structure: The one-week course is composed of nine 4-hour sessions. The first eight sessions (Monday–Thursday) focus on the legal frameworks and hot topics in international law and the settlement of disputes. In the last session (Friday morning), participants will be divided into groups and assigned a hypothetical case in international law to negotiate. and discuss.

Certificates shall be awarded at the end of the course.

Structure


The one-week course is composed of nine 4-hour sessions. The first eight sessions (Monday – Thursday) focus on the legal frameworks and hot topics in international law and the settlement of disputes. In the last session (Friday morning), participant will be divided in groups and assigned a hypothetical case in international law to negotiate. and discuss.

  • Module 1 – Foundations: Nature and Sources of International Law
  • Module 2 – Public International Law (hot topics in: Human Rights, Labor, Environment, bribery and corruption, peace and post-conflict reconstruction and development)
  • Module 3 – International Economic Law (hot topics in trade, investment, finance, economic integration and digitization) • Module 4 – Dispute Resolution in International Law
  • Module 5- Practical exercise on negotiation'

Who Should Attend?


  • Lawyers in private practice
  • Legal academics
  • Government officials
  • Members of the judiciary
  • Non-lawyer experts in commercial, industrial, and financial sectors
  • Representatives of organizations such as shipping companies, chambers of commerce, and arbitration bodies
  • Anyone Interested in International Law

Course Fee

Early bird rates end on 20 June, 2024

ILA Member

(Early Bird)


N200,000

Non-Member

(Early Bird)


N300,000

ILA Member

(Virtual Attendance)


N100,000

Non-Member

(Virtual Attendance)


N150,000

Scholarships

Scholarships Up to 10 young professionals (ILA Members) will benefit from free tuition and a scholarship to cover the expenses of attending the course in person.

Scholarships will be allocated on the basis of professional qualifications and gender balance.


Convenors


Prof. Muhammmed Tawfiq Lada, PhD

Hubert Humphrey Fellow, USA

Director General, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Prof. Damilola Olawuyi, SAN

President, International Law Association, Nigerian Branch

Faculty


Prof. Ibe Ifeakandu

Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Mr. Tolulope Aderemi

Partner, Perchstone & Graeys Solicitors

Dr Eghosa O. Ekhator

Senior Lecturer, University of Derby, United Kingdom

Dr. Nkiruka Chidia Maduekwe

Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Dr. Eduardo Pereira

Founding Partner, International Energy Law Training and Research Company

Dr. Izuoma Egeruoh-Adindu

Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

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