The Oputa Lecture is named in honour of Chukwudifu Akunne Oputa, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, and most recently the Chair of the Human Rights Investigation Commission. Justice Oputa launched the Supreme Court of Nigeria into its golden age in the 1980s and left an indelible mark on its jurisprudence. The Oputa Lectures provide a forum in which Africans who are involved with governance on the continent can interact and exchange ideas with the York University community and the larger Canadian audience, to the mutual benefit of both Canada and African societies, on the challenges and triumphs of governance on the continent.


Submissions from 2014


The Declaration of a State of Emergency in Parts of Nigeria: Problems and Prospects, Epiphany Azinge

Submissions from 2012


The Nigerian Federal System of Government: A Case for Review, His Excellency Dr. Ike Ekweremadu

Submissions from 2011


Governance, Electoral Reform and Human Rights in Africa, Roland Ebuware

Submissions from 2009


Towards the Pursuit of Justice and Security in the Mano River Basin: The Special Court for Sierra Leone a Case Study, Joseph Kamara