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Femi, Nigerian/UK national is the Executive Director of ALN Academy and a Barrister called to the Bar of England and Wales. Femi commenced his legal career in London in 1999, at two of the leading UK human rights Barrister’s Chambers, firstly with Tooks Court and subsequently with Garden Court Chambers, where he remains an associate member. 

Femi's practice areas have included immigration, nationality and refugee law, international human rights law, administrative law, prison law, mental health, commercial law, international arbitral law, and advisory work regarding regulatory and legal reform in developing countries.

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Overview

Femi is currently resident in Tanzania where he has been a consultant lawyer for ATZ Law Chambers, a member firm of the African Legal Network (ALN) for the past 18 months. Femi quickly established a solid practice in regulatory and commercial law matters, particularly where dispute resolution issues have been at stake.

With his 17+ years of public law and human rights expertise, Femi was able to bring a unique angle to his work in Tanzania translating this expertise into the increasingly key legal areas of privacy, data protection, consumer-rights, environmental management and sustainability and local community rights and engagement (including human-resettlement), thereby bridging the gap between the international commercial mind-set and human rights best-practices.

Work in Tanzania has included:

  • Visiting legal advocacy trainer to the Law School of Tanzania – delivering professional legal ethics and civil litigation and advocacy training 2013-2015
  •  Successfully launched the LEAP at its Inaugural Conference, a high level two day event comprising domestic, regional and international expert presentations and facilitated workshops, on the extractive industries, land rights and usage, and anti-bribery and corruption, hosted by the Law School of Tanzania 19-20 November 2014 - see - www.leaplatform.org
  • Designed and delivered the human rights course module for the Law School of Tanzania, focusing on the African system of protection, including drafting the complete course manual, compiling course materials, providing tutor guidance notes and delivering lectures to post grad students 2011
  • International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) facilitator - delivering training and providing on going mentoring to provincial managers and legal officers on aspects of case management  and best practice for the South African Human Rights Commission, delivered at its head offices in Johannesburg and 3 provincial offices,  Durban, East London and Cape Town 2011
  • Facilitated/lectured on behalf of UNICEF and African Child Policy Forum - in series of seminars to government ministries and other stakeholders in Tanzania on the harmonization of domestic children’s legislation with international/regional human rights instruments. December 2008.
  • Representing private clients involved in public procurement disputes with the Government of Tanzania (GOT), most notably representation for Masasi Signs Ltd, the exclusive vehicle number plate manufacturer and supplier in Tanzania 2008.
  • High level case management work on various arbitral matters acting for the GOT in disputes regarding public private partnerships, including in the case of TANESCO v Independent Power Tanzania Limited (dispute involving supply of electricity before ICSID); and Sterling Civil Engineering Ltd v GOT Ministry of Works Ad Hoc Arbitration under EDF Rules, in relation to a major road construction project dispute

Femi's practice has been built on the premise of securing the highest levels of justice for his clients and he remains committed to this ethic and to the areas of law that he has been involved in over the best part of two decades. Given recent work in Tanzania and other parts of Africa, Femi better appreciates the potential for increasing positive outcomes for the various stakeholders within developing countries. These outcomes cut across political socio-economic levels, particularly when the levels of high quality legal service provision is increased, taken up and properly executed.

Having provided advisory and technical legal assistance to the GOT, private companies, NGOs and multi-lateral organisations in the SADC region, on issues spanning good governance, regulatory and legal reform, and commercial efficacy, Femi will actively pursue expansion of practice and legal training areas to cater for these sectors.

Notable Cases

Irving v UK [2010] (European Court of Human Rights) securing a rare rule 39 interim measure in respect of a non-torture case, thus preventing the removal of the applicant from the UK pending the outcome of the case in relation to a right to family life matter.

Gedow and Ors [2006] EWCA Civ 1342 (Court of Appeal) on the residual risks to persons, including lone female returnees, facing removal to Mogadishu and on whether clan militia protection amounted to state protection in treaty law.

Hoxha [2005] 1 WLR 1063 (House of Lords) on treaty interpretation regarding the Refugee Convention and on whether sexual violence should be regarded as a weapon of war.

Miftari v IAT [2005] EWCA Civ 481 (Court of Appeal) regarding the jurisdictional limits of the Immigration Appeal Tribunal to interfere with first-instance decisions.

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Background

Femi, Nigerian/UK national is the Executive Director of ALN Academy and a Barrister called to the Bar of England and Wales. Femi commenced his legal career in London in 1999, at two of the leading UK human rights Barrister’s Chambers, firstly with Tooks Court and subsequently with Garden Court Chambers, where he remains an associate member. 

Femi moved to Tanzania in 2008 and has lived in the East African region for most of the period since then. He has been able to bring a unique angle to his work, translating his expertise into the increasingly key legal areas of privacy, data protection, environmental management and sustainability, local community rights and engagement, thereby bridging the gap between the international commercial mind-set and human rights best-practices.  

Femi is recognised as an expert international legal trainer. He has been a trainer for the International Senior Lawyers Project specifically for engagements with the South African Human Rights Commission and the Uongozi Institute in Tanzania on Oil and Gas Contract Negotiation skills to groups of senior public sector officials from across Africa. Femi has also been a guest lecturer, course designer and tutor at the Law School of Tanzania. Femi recently appeared as a moderator for the Government Contract Negotiators Academy programme in Accra, February 2019, run by the African Legal Support Facility.   

Femi plays a leading role directing the ALN Academy, which provides legal skills and capacity building programmes throughout Africa to cater for key private, public and civil society sectors.

Training and Seminars

Femi is recognised as an expert international legal trainer, having been selected by the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) to deliver training to the South African Human Rights Commission and for the Uongozi Institute in Tanzania on Oil and Gas Contract Negotiation skills to a group of senior public sector officials from across the continent. Femi has also been a guest lecturer, course designer and tutor at the Law School of Tanzania.

Having successfully set-up the Legal Expertise Access Platform (LEAP) in 2013, a socio-legal, expertise access and knowledge sharing networking hub for Africa, in support of the rule of law, Femi has been tasked to play a leading role in the ALN Academy, which provides high level legal training throughout Africa to cater for key private, public and civil society sectors. The ALN Academy's core objectives are to institute support for the rule of law, to build capacity across Africa, to be at the centre of Africa's thought leadership and to drive the provision of legal service excellence.

Awards

  • Chambers & Partners UK recognition as a leader at the Bar 2005-2008
  • Attendance at 10 Downing Street in recognition of the litigation work conducted in respect of Human Rights and Refuges cases involving HIV/Aids claimants
  • Awarded the 1998 Middle Temple Inns of Courts Blackstone Entrance Exhibition
  • Awarded Middle Temple Inns of Court Lodgings June 1998

Education

  • BA Historical Studies, Goldsmith College University of London (1997)
  • PG Dip Law, BPP Law School (1998)
  • Bar Vocational Course (BVC) Very Competent, BPP Law School (1999)
  • Called to the Bar of England & Wales Middle Temple (November 1999)

Professional Membership

  • ALBA
  • International Bar Association
  • Goodenough College
  • Middle Temple
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Languages

  • Fluent English
  • Basic Swahili
  • Basic French
  • Basic German

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