Justice Emmanuel Ayoola Foundation

The Justice Emmanuel Ayoola Foundation was established in Honour of one of Nigeria’ s foremost jurist, Hon. Justice Emmanuel Olayinka Ayoola.The foundation’s goal is to promote scholarship, improve the quality of legal thought and analysis both at the bar and bench. The foundation publishes a quarterly law journal the Appellate Review which features articles and short commentaries on the decisions of the appellate courts. This is an important function in the development of Nigerian Jurisprudence. Many have observed that there is little or no critical review of the decisions of the Appellate courts which leaves not only the judiciary but the entire profession little in terms of useful alternative views and reasoning.

Appellate Review provides an opportunity for practitioners, jurists and academics to critique landmark decisions of the courts and qualitatively debate law and reasoning flowing from the decisions.

Hon. Justice Emmanuel Olayinka Ayoola is former Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), a position held since 2005. Prior to this appointment, he served in various judicial capacities in and outside Nigeria as Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, President of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, President, Seychelles Court of Appeal and Chief Justice of the Government of Gambia.

Hon. Justice Emmanuel Ayoola was born in October 1933. He obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of London, and a B.A in Jurisprudence from Oxford University. He was called to the English Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1957. In 1959 he was admitted as Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. For seventeen years he had a private legal practice in Ibadan, Oyo State.

In 1976, he was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Western Nigeria, and soon after a judge of the High Court of Oyo State. He served as a Justice of the Court of Appeal of The Gambia (1980 – 1983) and was Chief Justice of the Gambia (1983 – 1992). He was Vice President of the World Judges Association in 1991. He was President of the Court of Appeals of Seychelles, and Justice of the Court of Appeal of Nigeria (1992 – 1998). He became Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1998 till his retirement in October 2003. He then became the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria (2003 – 2005).

He was also Chairman of the Working Committee on Law Revision of the Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2000.