AUTHORITIES of International Centre for Law and Religious Studies have honoured Professor Akinola Ibidapo-Obe and his wife, Dolapo, for their input during their visit to the Centre in 2016-2017.
The release made available to Vanguard states: “The Centre was honoured and most pleased to enjoy the visit of Professor Akinola Ibidapo-Obe and his wife, Dolapo, during the 2016-2017 school year.”
Professor Ibidapo-Obe was former dean of the Faculty of Law and former director of the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Lagos, Akoka, Nigeria.
As a visiting scholar at BYU Law School, Professor Akinola was part of the teaching team for the advanced courses in International Protection of Religious Freedom and US Church and State, taught by Professors Brett Scharffs and Cole Durham.
Professor Akinola has been a key figure in several successful events sponsored by the Centre in Nigeria over the past two years, beginning with his hosting, as Dean of the Faculty of Law at Lagos, an international conference “Towards Law and Religious Freedom in Africa”in February 2015, and including the conference “Law, Religion and Development in Africa”, held at the University of lIorin, and a Judicial Roundtable held in Abuja, both in June 2016.
As law dean at Lagos, Professor Akin pioneered Introduction of Law and Religious Studies as an approved course for the 2016-2017 session. He credits his involvement with the law and religion movement to his attendance at the 21st International Symposium on Law and Religious Studies in Provo in October 2014.
Professor Akin and colleagues throughout Nigeria have formed the Nigeria Association for Law and Religious Studies and the West African Regional Centre for Law and Religious Studies to promote teaching and research on law and religion in Nigeria and the West Africa subregion.