Board of Trustees
Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN
Professor Yemi Osinbajo is a member of the Board of Directors, Justice Research Institute Ltd. Gte. Senior Advocate of Nigeria and senior partner in the Law firm of Simmons Cooper partners. He is a former Lagos state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice. Prior to his appointment as the Attorney General in 1999, Osinbajo, a professor of law, was the Head of Public Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos.
He served as a staff member of the United Nations, in the Justice Division of UNOMSOM II, and as a consultant to the UNDP/ United Nations Center on Transnational Corporations, United Nations African Institute for Crime Prevention (UNAFRI), the International Criminal Court in Arusha, Tanzania on the training of prosecutors and most recently, as a member of United Nation’s Secretary General’s committee of experts on Conduct and Discipline of UN Peacekeeping Personnel around the globe.
Upon his appointment in 1999, he commenced the justice reform project in Lagos state, a major component of which was the establishment of the Directorate of the Citizen’s Rights, a prominent feature of the reform of the criminal justice administration in the state.
He has edited and authored/co-authored several books including The Unification and Reform of the Nigerian Criminal Law and Procedure Codes- (Malthouse Press), The Annotated Civil Procedure Rules of the Superior Courts of Nigeria, (Lexis-Nexis Butterworths) and Cross Examination: A Trial Lawyer’s Most Potent Weapon (Lexis-Nexis Butterworths).
Mrs. Maryam Uwais
Mrs Maryam Uwais,a member of the board of directors, Justice Research Institute Ltd. Gte. She is the principal partner of the Law firm of Wali- Uwais & Co. She is a member of the Nigerian Leadership Initiative, a non – profit organization dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership, timeless ideas, values-based leadership and open mind dialogue on contemporary issues.
She has served as Council Member and Special Rapporteur, Rights of the Child, National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria and member, National Consultative Committee on Justice Sector Reform (a body inaugurated by the federal government of Nigeria to achieve sustainable reform in the system of administration of justice in Nigeria).
Mrs. Uwais has written several articles mainly in the area of Sharia, socio-economic rights, women’s and children’s rights justice sector reform, including prisons, juvenile and legal aid reform. She currently a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee (PAC)
Mr. Femi Atoyebi, SAN