Adeola Austin Oyinlade

Senior Partner
LL.B (Hons), B.L, LL.M

Adeola Oyinlade advises a wide range of national and foreign clients and heads the firm’s Taxation, Intellectual Property, Corporate/Commercial and Company Secretarial Practice Groups. He has advised several companies, intergovernmental organizations, foreign governments’ agencies, multinationals, financial institutions, universities, international charities, and technology companies and a vast range of manufacturers in over a decade. He also serves clients from individual through small businesses to public and private companies, foreign law firms and international consultancy firms while providing litigation, advisory and other support services.

Adeola is the Senior Partner of Adeola Oyinlade & Co, a leading law firm known for providing competent, innovative, cost-effective and well-timed responsive services from the commercial hub of Lagos. He has received several national and global recognitions in his human rights work including the 2018 International Bar Association (IBA) Human Rights Lawyer of the Year in Rome, Italy and the 2021 American Bar Association (ABA) International Human Rights Award in Chicago, United States.
He has drafted several shareholders and joint venture agreements and regularly advises on multinational and Nigerian companies’ tax issues, corporate structures, shareholder rights and other corporate governance related issues.

Area of Practice
International contracts drafting and review, international distribution agreement, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, foreign agency agreements, foreign investment, due diligence services, trademark licensing, registration of patent and copyrights, company registration and company secretarial services, entertainment and sports law, immigration law and cross-border litigation strategy.
As international law expert, Adeola has graced the African Union, the United Nations organizations’ UNESCO, and UNDP, UN-HABITAT speaking platforms across many countries of the world in the thematic areas of law, social innovation, human rights and rule of law. He has proffer solutions to humanitarian law issues in many African countries including sovereign immunity, state-to-state obligations and enforcement, treaty interpretation.

Education

  • LL.M., University of Lagos
  • B.L, Nigerian Law School
  • LL.B, University of Lagos

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Bar Association
  • International Bar Association Human Rights Committee
  • Nigerian Bar Association
  • Representative of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) at the National Committee Against Torture
  • Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Lagos Branch

Professional Recognitions

  • 2018 International Bar Association (IBA) Human Rights Lawyer of the Year;
  • 2021 American Bar Association (ABA) International Human Rights Award; and
  • Many other national recognitions.

In The News

  • “Human Rights and International law expert, Adeola Oyinlade wins American Bar Association (ABA) International Human Rights of the Year Award by Africa.com: (https://www.africa.com/human-rights-and-international-law-expert-adeola-oyinlade-wins-american-bar-association-aba-international-human-rights-of-the-year-award/) August, 2021
  • Featured, “U.S – Nigeria Relations” on TVC Africa, February 2017
  • Featured on China Global Television Network (CGTN) on “Advocacy group in Nigeria creates app to teach people about their legal rights” November, 2016
  • Featured, “The on-going Migrant Crisis” on Channels Television, Lagos Nigeria, March 2016 among others.

Speaking Engagements

  • Guest lecturer, Nigerian Bar Association Lagos Branch’s Human Rights Advocates Empowerment Series 1 on “Effective and Sustainable Human Rights Advocacy Skills” – September, 2021;
  • Guest Speaker, Columbia Law School’s Human Rights and Public Interest Careers on a continuous Journey to Self-Development and Leadership, a Guest Speaker at the Columbia Law School Webinar on 24thMarch, 2021;
  • Guest Speaker, Human Rights Summit organized by the Brake the Silence Nigeria on “Serial Human Rights Violations; A Threat to Nigeria’s Peace and Development at the Banquet Hall of Sheraton Hotel, Maryland, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria on 5th February, 2019;
  • Guest Speaker, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Seminar training for all 36 states Directors of the National Orientation Agency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on “Human Rights and Social Justice in Nigeria: implications’ for social and human development at the Fraser Suit Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria on 23rd January, 2019;
  • Guest Speaker at the Amnesty International Nigeria’s Human Rights and Campaigning Skills Capacity Building for Amnesty International Nigeria Supporters and Activists on “Activism: A calling or way of life”, at the Barcelona Hotels, Abuja, Nigeria on 26th October, 2018;
  • Guest Speaker, University of Lagos and University of Oxford, UK 1st West African Regional Round of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition Conference on “Freedom of Information in Nigeria; Challenges and way out” at the Nigeria Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of Lagos, Nigeria on 6th February, 2017;
  • Guest Speaker, Right to Peace workshop on 2015 General Elections in Nigeria hosted by United Nations Information Centre, Lagos, Nigeria (February, 2015);
  • Guest Speaker, ‘Evolving a people’s constitution: Issues and processes’ at the National Youth Conference on Constitution Review in Abuja Nigeria (October, 2012)
  • Guest speaker, ‘Legal services and Human Rights Ideas’ at the Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa (YALDA) Conference in Lagos, Nigeria (October, 2012)
  • Panelist, ‘Intergenerational Dialogue on Africa, Youth Socio-economic and Political Participation’ at the United Nations 21 Youth Forum (Co-organized by UN-HABITAT & UNDP) in Nairobi, Kenya (March 2012;
  • Guest speaker, ’Youth-led social innovation in Africa’ at the UNESCO 7TH Youth Forum, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France (October 2011);
  • Guest speaker, ‘Readiness to reform National Laws and Legislation in compliance with the African Youth Charter’ at the African Union Pre-Heads of State summit Forum, African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (April 2011);
  • Plenary speaker, ‘Ease of Doing Business in Africa” at the African Union Pre-Heads of State summit Forum, African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (April 2011) and many others.

Adeola is often invited to speak on international law topics on national and international media including BBC, TVC Africa, France 24 International Television, CGTN and Channels TV among others.

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