Buhari appoints new NAILS DG

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Professor Muhammed Ladan as the Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS).

He succeeds Professor Deji Adekunle in that position.

A letter from the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha reads: “I am pleased to inform you that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved your appointment as Director-General Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies for an initial term of four years.

“This appointment is with effect from 9th September 2019…Please accept my congratulations and best wishes on your appointment.”


Born in 1960, Ladan is a law professor at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he had taught for over three decades.

He obtained his LLB, LLM and PhD degrees in Law in 1986, 1990 and 1996 respectively.

He also holds two post-doctoral certificates in ADR, 1996 and Leadership and Professional Development, 2000 as a Hubert Humphrey Fellow/visiting scholar to the University of Minnesota, California State University and Harvard Law School, USA.

Ladan’s areas of specialization and special interest include public international law relating to human rights, gender, humanitarian, environment, energy, natural resources and security laws in Africa.

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Prof. Ladan’s contribution to the development of Nigerian and international laws is clearly manifested in his over 16 authored books; over 80 journal articles and over 100 national and international conference/seminar papers written and presented in Nigeria, USA, UK, Denmark, France, Canada, Ghana, South Africa, Dubai, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Brazil, Cameroon, Kenya, Indonesia, Uganda, amongst others.

Ladan was the former Deputy Dean of Law/Head of Department of Public Law, ABU-Zaria (2001-5); former Director of Research and Planning of the National Human Rights Commission, Abuja (1997-99); former Presidential Commissioner to President Obasanjo’s Reform of the Justice Sector in Nigeria (2006-7).

Currently, Prof. Ladan is a Member of the Senate of ABU-Zaria (2001 to date); Member, UN Experts Working Group on Environment (2007 to date); Member, ECOWAS Experts Working Group on Harmonization of Business Laws in West Africa (2005 to date); Member, World Jurist Association, Washington DC, USA (1999 to date).

He was a member, ppointed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, sub-committee of the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee for the Review of Publications etc of the 2010-2013 academic applicants for the Rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) (2010-2013).

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He also served as member, Legal Education, Human Rights and Environment Committees of Nigerian Bar Association, National Body 2010-2012; and Member, Editorial Board, Nigerian Bar Association Law Journal (2009 to date). He had also been of the Nigerian Institute of Legislative Studies as a faculty member.

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