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Babatunde Ajibade

African Regional Forum

The African Regional Forum aims to further enhance the objectives of the IBA by means of cooperation, support of bar associations in developing countries, development of laws, and the exchange of information and ideals.

About the Forum

These are exciting times for our Forum! With the primary objective of the enhancement of the value and significance of the Forum to all members globally, we have established various Working Groups which function alongside a panel of distinguished Advisory Board members.

The problems facing African lawyers are different from those affecting lawyers in other regions. To this end, the African Regional Forum was created to identify and address these problems. The aims of the African Regional Forum are as follows:

  • To further enhance the objectives of the International Bar Association (IBA) by means of cooperation, support of bar associations in developing countries, development of laws, exchange of information and ideals;
  • to develop interest about the International Bar Association in Africa and provide information to local lawyers on the work of the International Bar Association;
  • to assist new and potential IBA members when attending conferences and becoming involved in the IBA committee work;
  • to coordinate the various divisions, sections and committees of the International Bar Association by way of hosting regional conferences, workshops, seminars and various study groups in Africa;
  • to initiate programmes that will promote specialisation and partnership in the legal profession in Africa;
  • to liase with the other regional fora, enabling members of the African Regional Forum to learn from their counterparts;
  • to educate the African society about their rights and duties in their relationship with each other and their governments, by creating awareness of the role of law in democratic societies;
  • to provide a forum for the regulation of the profession, training of aspirant practitioners, continued legal education, legal reforms and interaction with government in Africa;
  • to produce a regular newsletter and other communications to serve as a channel for information to be exchanged and shared among members;
  • to strengthen sub-regional bars in the continent;
  • to strengthen the relationship between the bench and bar as well as issues of discipline;
  • to facilitate the exchange of law reports, books, video and other equipment between developed and developing bars.

Forthcoming conferences and webinars View All Conferences

Data Protection/Privacy Guide for Lawyers in Africa

This Guide addresses privacy/data protection planning, functionality and management of a legal practice in Africa. The guide will provide lawyers in Africa with sustainable, practical and easy to implement data protection controls/protocols. It has been developed drawing from the basic principles contained in the various laws and frameworks on the continent of Africa as well as global trends such as the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) of Europe and other associated international best practices. 

Download the Guide


Don’t dump tech: analysis of the Nigerian Communication Commission’s draft e-waste regulation for the telecoms sector

This article considers the draft Regulation on E-Waste published by the Nigerian Communications Commission to regulate the management and control of e-waste in the telecoms sector. Its focus on reuse, recycling and other forms of recovery of used telecoms’ equipment presents a sectoral commitment to tackling the growing menace of e-waste in Nigeria.

Resolving tax disputes via arbitration

The Court of Appeal seemed to have set the records straight in its popular 2016 judgment of Esso Petroleum v NNPC on the non-arbitrability of tax related matters, its stance being that tax related matters are not subject to the decision of an arbitrator.

Financial inclusion in Nigeria: mobile money services, payment services, banks and telecoms operators

The Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) National Financial Inclusion Strategy has as its primary objective provision of access to financial services to at least 80 per cent of Nigeria’s bankable adult population by the year 2020. To attain this objective the CBN has adopted several initiatives including microfinance banking, agent banking, tiered ‘know your customer’ requirements and mobile banking. These initiatives are however still not penetrative enough as the inclusion rate is still lower than expected.

Aircraft financing in Nigeria: challenges and prospects

One of the major impediments to Nigeria becoming a regional hub for air transport, is the lack of necessary funding to finance the acquisition or leasing of aircraft fleets. As the country seeks to revive its national carrier, it will no doubt need to acquire a fleet of aircrafts to meet this objective. These acquisitions will be facilitated by various financial institutions both local and international, and will require guidance on the governing laws and procedures for such transactions applicable to the

Safety at sea and collision regulation in Nigeria

This article outlines the regulatory framework for the prevention and management of maritime collision in Nigeria and highlights the procedures applicable for the safe passage of ships in Nigerian waters.


Subcommittees and other groups

The African Regional Forum also coordinates the activities of the following subcommittees/working groups.

  • African Regional Forum Advisory Board