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Kola Alapinni's Overview
- Partner at B & HR
- Pro Bono Lawyer at Clifford Chance LLP
- Consultant at Public Interest Law & CSR Consultants
- Mentor and Community Advocate at CivicRoles4All
- Assessment Manager at United Geophysical Nigeria Limited
- Claims and Investigation Manager at United Geophysical Nigeria Limited
- Law Editor at New Age Newspapers
- University of Essex
- University of Pretoria/Universiteit van Pretoria
- Nigerian Law School
University of Ibadan
Federal Polytechnic Bida
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Kola Alapinni's Summary
Business and Human Rights
Corporate Social Responsibility
Spheres of Influence of Transnational Corporations
Oil & Gas Law
Good Governance and Government Liaison
International Human Rights Law
International Criminal Law
Law of International Peace Keeping
Print & Broadcast Journalism
Kola Alapinni's Experience
B & HR
April 2013 – Present (3 months) Nigeria
Business & Human Rights Attorneys (B & HR) is a niche law and consulting firm that provides expertise in the burgeoning but highly specialised and complex field of Business and Human Rights. Our clients range from Trans-National Corporations and Non-State Actors to governmental bodies and host communities. We do our best to help our clients negotiate and comply with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We help in preparing a comprehensive corporate social responsibility and sustainable development framework, domestic and international risk assessments, country reports and representation before governments and parliamentary committees. We are able to guide our expatriate clients with compliance with their business permits and expatriate quota and the promotion of their companies. Our lawyers and consultants are abreast of the latest developments in their field.
Pro Bono Lawyer
Partnership; 5001-10,000 employees; Law Practice industry
March 2012 – March 2013 (1 year 1 month) London, United Kingdom
Worked on the Chagos Island Project ( British Indian Ocean Territory BIOT) Landmark indigenous rights case that went before the European Court of Human Rights.
Public Interest Law & CSR Consultants
February 2005 – March 2013 (8 years 2 months)
International Human Rights Law. Provision of human rights impact assessment and human rights due diligence on business activities of transnational corporations and their spheres of influence. Legal advice and opinion to oil prospecting multinationals in the Niger Delta area. Guidance on community and governance matters.
Mentor and Community Advocate
November 2010 – March 2011 (5 months) Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
• Meeting with community groups across the City to understand the barriers to people taking on Civic Roles and reporting these back
• Building relationships with voluntary and community sector leaders, local neighbourhood partnerships and other Wolverhampton based resources to facilitate project success
• Developing a term strategy for engaging the people of Wolverhampton into the Civic Roles available
• Running Workshops and Seminars for the target audience
• Bid writing, expressions of interest and technical writing
United Geophysical Nigeria Limited
December 2003 – March 2011 (7 years 4 months) Nigeria
Responsible for and given the mandate to assess collateral damage to flora and ecological landscape as a result of oil prospecting activities on joint venture between UGNL and the IDSL (Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC subsidiary) JV 166 Prospect (600 sq. km land and Marine expedition in the Niger-Delta of Nigeria spanning Delta, Rivers and Bayelsa States) Managed compensation scheme to indigenous peoples of the area.
Acted as Zonal Manager and handled community related issues arising in the company’s theatre of operations.
Claims and Investigation Manager
United Geophysical Nigeria Limited
October 2003 – December 2003 (3 months) Nigeria
Claims Investigation Manager for oil prospecting crew UGNL/IDSL JV 168 Benin (Utesi-Utoka Prospect for PAN OCEAN OIL) investigating and resolving claims from host communities and third parties.
Also provided legal advice to crew management as regards legal and contractual obligations to contractors and third parties.
New Age Newspapers
June 2003 – September 2003 (4 months) Nigeria
Provided an in-depth analysis of legal/political news happening globally with a bias for Africa/Nigeria.
Wrote a weekly column 'Opinio Juris'. A legal op-ed on topical/burning issues.
In depth legal reporting of the sensational case of the former Attorney-General of the Federation – Chief Bola Ige - murder trial with all the attendant political intrigues as it involved a former deputy governor now an incumbent senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Increased the law page from one to four pages within a month of appointment with the newspaper.
General coordination and direction of the law desk and determination of the publishing content.
Kola Alapinni's Publications
TRACING THE BOUNDARIES: Access to Information Through The Use of New Technologies As A Fundamental Human Right.
Authors: Kola Alapinni
- Freedom of Information Law and REGULATION IN NIGERIA Edited by Prof. Epiphany Azinge SAN and Dr. Fatima Waziri / Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Lagos
- September 11, 2012
Global events of the past year in the Middle East uprisings, the so called Arab Spring has further demonstrated that the Right to access information can very much be the thin line that separates individuals from life and death. The phenomenal use of the Internet via social media networks like Facebook and Twitter gave a much needed voice and push to the agitation of the citizens of the Middle East bloc. The fear of the Internet’s power drove the dictators in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Bahrain and currently Syria to either temporarily or permanently shut down the Internet gateways to their respective countries.
This paper would argue that sequel to the right to information, access to information including that which is held by government, is an essential part of; a foundation or basic concept of giving form to the mind. It is fundamental to our evolution of rights as human beings in the 21st century. After all, of what logical use is the right to information when there is no access to it?
Kola Alapinni's Skills & Expertise
Kola Alapinni's Education
University of Essex
LL.M, Master of Laws in International Human Rights Law
2005 – 2006
The Hate Radio’s Contribution to the 1994 Rwandan Genocide: Is There A Limit To The Freedom Of Speech? (LLM Research Essay) 2006
Supervisor: Prof. Sir Nigel Rodley KBE
Tracing the boundaries: Corporate Social Responsibility, Spheres of Influence and the case of the Niger-Delta area of Nigeria (LLM Dissertation) 2006
Supervisor: Prof. Sheldon Leader
University of Pretoria/Universiteit van Pretoria
Human Rights & Democratisation in Africa
2001 – 2001
1. Field Trip to United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Arusha, Tanzania and Kigali, Rwanda. Observer in the case of The Prosecutor v. Elizaphan Ntakirutimana & Gérard Ntakirutimana (http://www.haguejusticeportal.net/Docs/ICTR/Ntakirutimana_JugementResume_19-2-2003_EN.pdf)
2. Visited the Gacaca Commission, Gacaca Courts in Kigali
3. Visited Kigali Prison with the Rwandese Attorney-General on the back-log of awaiting trial prisoners (over 75,000 inmates awaiting trial for participation in the 1994 Genocide)
4. Field Trip to Genocide sites in Murambi, Gitarama, Gikongoro et cetera
5. Observer in the case of Gareth Anver Prince at the South African Constitutional Court (see summary of the case before the Human Rights Committee - http://www.bayefsky.com/pdf/southafrica_t5_iccpr_1474_2006.pdf)
6. Safari Trip to Ngorongoro Crater & Lodge, Ngorongo, Tanzania.
Nigerian Law School
B.L., Professional Qualification / Bar Exams
1999 – 2000
University of Ibadan
LLB (Hons), Law
1992 – 1998
An Examination of International Humanitarian Laws: The Law of Armed Conflicts (LL.B Long Essay) 1998 Awarded with Distinction
Supervisor: Prof. Yemi Akinseye-George SAN
Activities and Societies: Leading Counsel T.O. Elias Chambers 1996-1998 (Two Sessions) Law Students Society Chairman Constitution Amendment Committee 1997-1998 Session Law Students Society
Federal Polytechnic Bida
Intermediate Certificate, Mass Communication
1991 – 1992
Member, production team of departmental newsletter
Newspaper production and page planning
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