The ALSA International Advisory Board is composed of influential figures in Africa and in diaspora from the legal academic world as well as professionals who are experts in legal development, mentoring of young lawyers and law students in the legal profession who seek to champion the spirit of pan-Africanism and the robust legal development in Africa.
This new step forward in the internationalization of ALSA meets a double objective:
Prof. PLO Lumumba
Professor PLO Lumumba is the Founder of the PLO Lumumba Foundation and a consultant with Lumumba and Lumumba Advocates, a member of the Africa Justice Group (AJG). He is an Advocate of the High Courts of Kenya and Tanganyika and a certified mediator. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya FCPS (K), a Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Management (FKIM) and Honorary Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (FAAS). He is the Chairman of Farafina
Investment Group in Monrovia, Liberia and Economic Strategic Growth and Development Initiative for Africa based in Nigeria.
He has authored several books on diverse subjects. With several speeches on diverse subjects delivered in and outside Africa, Lumumba is recognized as one of the leading public speakers in Africa and the African in Diaspora. He is the founder of several organizations including the PLO Lumumba Foundation, a charitable organization that has been in operation since 1990. He has also been twice recognized as one of the 100 most influential Africans.
Professor Kenneth B. Nunn
Kenneth B. Nunn is Professor of Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and an Affiliate Professor of African Studies and African American Studies. His research and teaching focuses on criminal law and procedure, race and racism, civil rights, cultural studies and African traditional law. He holds an A.B. degree from Stanford University (1980), and a J.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (1984). Before joining the University of Florida faculty in 1990, Professor Nunn was a public defender in San Francisco and at the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C. From 1986 to 1987, Professor Nunn served as a staff attorney for the Southern Africa Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
For several years, he was the director of the University of Florida-University of Cape Town Summer Law Program. As a visiting professor, he has taught at law schools in the United States, Poland, Uganda, Brazil and South Africa.
Dr. Faith Kabata
Designation: Dean of Kenyatta University School of Law, Kenya
Faith Kabata is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of KwaZulu Natal, DSI-Africa- Law Project since August 2022 and a lecturer in the Department of Public Law in Kenyatta University School of Law. She served as the Dean of Kenyatta University School of Law from 2019-2022. Her current post-doctoral research is on the emerging ethical and legal considerations in human genomics research.
Her teaching and research interests are in international human rights law, human rights law and public international law. She has published on permanent sovereignty over natural resources in Africa; law and religion, human rights and culture, right to nationality in Africa, older persons rights in Africa and on community land rights in Africa. In 2005 she received the Notre Dame Human Rights Award Fellowship and was in 2020 cited among 106 Model Students by the University of Nairobi, School of Law.
Prior to joining Kenyatta University School of Law she served as a Governance Advisor in the Presidency in Kenya, as an Assistant Executive Director in the Office of the Ombudsman in Kenya and as a Project Advisor on Good Governance in the German Technical Cooperation Programmes in Kenya. She has also conducted policy driven research for the World Bank, United Nations Development Fund, GIZ and SIDA.
She obtained her Bachelor of Laws Degree from University of Nairobi, Master of Laws Degree (magna cum laude) from University of Notre Dame, IN, USA and Doctor of Laws from the University of Pretoria. She holds post-graduate Diplomas in Legal Practice from the Kenya School of Law (Admission to the Kenyan Bar) and in project planning and management from the Unviersity of Nairobi. She serves on the Board of the Africa Consortium of Law and Religious Studies.
Prof. Omolade Olunike OLOMOLA
Dean, Faculty of Law Prof. Omolade Olunike OLOMOLA obtained LL.B (Hons) from the University of Ibadan in 1997 and was subsequently called to the Nigerian Bar in 1999.
She holds an LL. M (Master of Laws) and Ph.D. (Law) also from the University of Ibadan. At the Doctoral level, she took particular interest in Human Rights and Reproductive Health Rights of Women in Polygynous relationships. She has several professional certificates in Social Science Research Methodology and Capacity Building; International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and a Certificate of Participation in Ethics Training amongst others. She is an alumnus of Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) Lagos.
Prof Olomola is a senior law lecturer, legal clinician and researcher of more than 20 years post qualification experience in the areas of Family Law and social justice, Clinical Legal Education (CLE), Reproductive health rights Law, Gender Equality and Gender Equity, Legal and Security Issues in Disaster Management, International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights and Forced Migration and Refugee Law.
She has peer reviewed publications in these areas. Her edited textbook on Family Law and Succession was published in 2021.
Her current research efforts are on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), Gender-based Violence and Mental Health Law. She is involved with Ethics training in HCT (HIV/AIDS Counselling and Training) of Peer investigators, and the Intensive Combination Approach to Roll-back the Epidemic in Nigerian Adolescents (iCARE, Nigeria) Team.
The research project is funded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Health and Human Development with Collaborating Institutions of North-western University, Chicago and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
As a seasoned researcher, Professor Olomola earned a MacArthur Foundation funding grant Award which she utilized at the University of Toronto (International Reproductive and Sexual Health Rights Programme), Canada. Prof Omolade Olomola was announced as one of the winners of Nigeria Outstanding Lecturer of the Year Award by the Board of Southwest Nigeria Excellence Awards (SNEAWARDS) – the largest Award Body in Nigeria at the Second Edition in 2022.
She is a member of several academic and professional bodies. She has supervised several undergraduates; postgraduate students’ dissertations and theses including doctoral research works in her areas of expertise. She also serves as external examiner to a number of Universities and Institutions.
She was Acting Dean of Law in Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State, Nigeria during her sabbatical leave between 2017-2019. Omolade Olunike
OLOMOLA PhD. is a Professor of Law and a gender rights advocate currently serving as Dean of Law at the Faculty of Law, Cavendish University uganda
Prof. ABUBAKAR S.R. MATAZU
Professor Abubakar Matazu graduated from Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto with an LL.B. Degree in 1993. He proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1995. He obtained Master of Laws Degree (LL.M.) from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in the year 1999 and PhD, from Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto in 2009. His area of specialisation is International Law, with research interest in Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.
He rose through the rank to become Professor of International Law on first January, 2015. He was Deputy Dean and subsequently the Dean of Faculty of law at Usmanu Danfodiyo Sokoto from 2002 to 2007 and also Dean, Faculty of Law and Head of Department at Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina, from 2015 to 2020. Added to this, he was a member of Council of Legal Education and member, Governing Council of Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, from 2002 to 2007.
Currently, he is the Dean Faculty of Law, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto. He is presently a member, Council of Legal Education; member Governing Council, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and member of the Council of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto. He is as well the Hon. Vice Chair, Forum of Law Professors in Nigeria. He practiced Law in the following Law Firms: Liberty La Chambers, Ilorin, Amana Law Chambers, Sokoto, Al’umma Law Chambers, Sokoto and Garba Gana and Co., before opening Abubakar Matazu and Co. (Kainuwa Law Firm). He is married with children.
Amina Saho Ceesay
Amina Saho Ceesay is a Justice of the Court of Appeal of The Gambia. Her Ladyship is a career judicial officer who has previously served as Magistrate, Master, and Judge of The High Court. Her Ladyship served as a member of the General Legal Council, a member of the said body’s Disciplinary Committee, and chaired its Governing Committee for Legal Education. She is also a lecturer of the Advocacy Skills Course at The Gambia Law School and served as its Overseer Director General.
Letzadzo Isaac Kometsi (Dr.)
Position: Senior Lecturer and Dean Faculty of Law
Qualifications: LLD Northwest University (Potchefstroom Campus); LLM (2005) University of Manchester UK; LLB (2001) National University of Lesotho; BA Humanities (PAS/DS) (1998) National University of Lesotho
Dr Kometsi has been with the Faculty of Law since 2006 as a lecturer lecturing in Law of Contract, Law of Special Contracts, Environmental law, Law of Export Trade, Legal Methods and Systems, and supervised LLB dissertations on various subjects. His research interests are in commercial law, customary law, Labour law and Human Rights. He is currently working on a paper on Insurance law. Dr Kometsi is a devoted philanthropist initiating a number of community service projects at the same time initiating his students in community engagement and service. He has a keen interest in exploration and revival of traditional dispute resolution methods. In this context he has established an annual symposium fondly referred to as KHOTLA. He also engages students in various extra-curriculum activities intended to horn the students debating, public speaking and community development skills. In this regard he has helped establish the first Litigation Club at the University, the first Debate club of the Faculty of Law and annual visitations to nearby schools and villages to give clothing and legal awareness campaigns. Dr Kometsi is a staunch advocate of human rights. He has dedicated his time to representing minority groups such as ebaPhuthi, and thus acts as Chairman of their association, Libadla le baPhuthi, an association that seeks to promote interests of ebaPhuthi as a minority ethnic group in Lesotho.