History

BNLF was founded following the ‘African Law Week’ Conference, organised by the British Council in Abuja, Nigeria in May 2001, attended by leaders of the Law Society of England and Wales, The General Council of the Bar of England and Wales and the Nigerian Bar Association.

The conference raised issues affecting the legal profession at the turn of 21st Century, such as Globalisation, Access to Justice, Rule of Law and Good Governance. One of the resolutions from the five-day seminar was the need for a bilateral body to serve as a vehicle for lawyers from both jurisdictions to effectively collaborate with each other.

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