Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai

Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai is the Managing Partner of Abdulai & Associates. He has over seventeen years experience working as a lawyer and civil society practitioner. Abdulai is a holder of a BA in English Language, Sociology from the University of Sierra Leone; LLB from the University of Sierra Leone; LLM in International human rights and constitutional law from Central European University. He holds a postgraduate qualification in comparative media law and policy advocacy from Oriel College, Oxford University. Abdulai was Drapher Hill Fellow in Democracy, Development and Rule of Law at the Centre for Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law at the Stanford University. He was also Firoz Lalji Fellow at the Program for African Leadership at the London School of Economics.

Experience:

Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai practice widely in civil, criminal and constitutional law at the High, Appeals and Supreme Court of Sierra Leone. He has also litigated at the ECOWAS Courts of Justice in Abuja, Nigeria.

Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai is a qualified mediator, negotiator and Arbitrator, haven qualified from the Netherland Institute of International Relations, The Hague, Netherlands. He is a skilled negotiator, mediator, and has negotiated commercial disputes, land rights and acquisition, and tax disagreements.

Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai has litigated and won in leading cases in Sierra Leone ranging from media law- David Tam Mbayoh vs Independent Media Commission; Independent Observer vs Independent Media Commission. In mines, minerals and taxation cases in Koidu New Sembehun City Council vs OCTEA Mining Company. Other commercial cases such as US Diversify vs NP Petroleum. Anti-Corruption case like State vs Mohamed Osman Sesay.

Abdulai is widely published extensively in constitutional and administrative law, human rights, mediation and negotiation. Few of his articles are “The Evolution of Locus Standi in Sierra Leone” Journal of Human Rights Laws; “Born to Assembly: The Inhibiting Claws of the Public Order Act on the Inalienable Rights to Assemble in Sierra Leone.” Journal of Law, General Legal Council. “Constitutional Building in Sierra Leone” Journal of Human Rights Law. A Moment of Hope for our Continent and its peoples’: the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.” The Commonwealth Yearbook 2013.

Our Principles:

We have identified and embedded across our firm the core elements that make up our unique culture – the Emmanuel Abdulai DNA’. These values, designed to unite, differentiate and help drive priorities and strategic action, make up the eight Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai Principles.

Exceeding clients’ expectations
We are committed to helping our clients achieve their goals by providing commercially focused legal advice of the highest quality that will consistently exceed their expectations.

Local excellence, global standards
We ensure we can benefit our clients by combining the highest global standards of business and law with local excellence of service and by maintaining the depth, quality and scale of resources necessary to meet our clients’ needs whenever and wherever they arise.

An ambition for success
We are determined to be the leader of an elite group of international law firms and to be at the top of the profession in each market where we practise. Our aim is to be regarded as one of the world’s leading professional services organisations.

Investing in talent
To deliver on our commitment to our clients, we recruit and develop the best people. We believe that, by delivering great client service, we will be involved in the most interesting and challenging client work and, as a result, achieve the reputation and the high levels of profitability which are essential to attracting and retaining the best people.

An adaptable and approachable team
We believe in the power of collaboration, collegiality and teamwork and we have an open, approachable style. We expect our people to be flexible and creative and to have the desire and drive to embrace new experiences and challenges. We require everyone to put the interests of our clients and the Firm before their own.

Thinking ahead
To be at the forefront of the legal profession requires foresight, a desire to share ideas and a willingness to have a voice on issues of importance. We have the confidence to challenge existing thinking and to push boundaries.

Strength through diversity
We are proud of our firm and value the diversity of the people and cultures within it. In our firm people succeed according to their merits.

Community Service
Our strength comes from our ‘one firm’ approach and our partnership ethos. They underpin our ability to deliver excellent client service and create a working environment where talented people can succeed. We are ambitious for our clients and ourselves but we understand the importance of making a positive impact on the community at large.

José Antonio Olaechea

Attorney from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and member of the Lima Bar Association. Board member of several listed and unlisted companies, and he is Honorary Consul General of Denmark in Peru. Focuses his practice in Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Banking and Finance, Civil, Commercial, Foreign Investment, Project Financing and Constitutional Law.

Firm Overview:

Estudio Olaechea was founded on October 4, 1878. It was the first law firm incorporated in Peru and one of the first firms established in South America. Currently, we are the firm with the most years of experience and one of the largest in the country. Estudio Olaechea remains as one of the most renowned and prestigious firms in the country and our clients find in us a strategic advisor, with whom to work on a long term basis. Our objective and main responsibility are to promote growth and business development of our clients. Therefore, our professionals have a personal commitment with excellence which is reflected in coming from the main law schools of Peru, USA, and Europe. Our lawyers are constantly innovating and training through complementary courses and masters taken in Peru and abroad.

Testimonials:

“These are good corporate lawyers who perform well in all areas. They are excellent in terms of client service and they understand the US legal perspective and expectations.” ~ Chambers Latin America 2015

“The firm delivers great service and helps the client to create new business opportunities.” ~ Chambers Latin America 2014

“This was the first time we had worked in Peru and we would undoubtedly go to Olaechea again.” ~ Chambers Latin America 2011

“They always provided me with sound and solid legal advice trying to explore as many alternatives as posible to succesfully achieve the objective.” ~ IFLR1000 2014

“The firm that was the first to dedicate itself largely to international clients.” ~ IFLR1000 2013

Vision:

Be the law firm in Peru with the highest level of excellence and professionalism, providing comprehensive legal advisory services to the business community and society.

George Williams BEc LLB (Hons) Macq, LLM UNSW, PhD ANU

George Williams AO is the Dean, the Anthony Mason Professor, and a Scientia Professor at UNSW Law. He has held an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship, and visiting positions at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Columbia University Law School in New York, and Durham University and University College London in the United Kingdom.

He has written and edited 35 books, including Australian Constitutional Law and Theory, The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia and Human Rights under the Australian Constitution. He has appeared as a barrister in the High Court in many cases over the past two decades, including on freedom of speech, freedom from racial discrimination and the rule of law. He has also appeared in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of Fiji, including on the legality of the 2000 coup.

As chair of the Victorian Human Rights Consultation Committee in 2005 he helped bring about Australia’s first State bill of rights, the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities. In 2007 he chaired a NSW Government inquiry into Options for a New National Industrial Relations System that produced the historic referral of State industrial power over the private sector to the Commonwealth. He has also served on a High Level Advisory Group on Federal-State Relations, was a member of the NSW Government’s Panel to Examine Recall Elections and assisted the Northern Territory in its attempt to become Australia’s seventh State as a member of its Constitutional Convention Committee.

George is a well-known media commentator on legal issues. He has been a columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and Canberra Times and an on-air analyst for ABC Television. He is currently a columnist for The Australian, and reviews science fiction and fantasy books for The Weekend Australian and Books and Arts Daily on ABC Radio National.

George was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2011: ‘For distinguished service to the law in the fields of anti-terrorism, human rights and constitutional law as an academic, author, adviser and public commentator.’

Areas of Expertise:

Charters of Rights, Constitutional Law, Electoral Law, Federalism, Human Rights and Social Justice, Indigenous Peoples and the Law, Law Reform, National Security and Terrorism, Public Law, Referendums.

Memberships:

– Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Fellow
– AsiaRights Journal, Editorial Board
– Australasian Parliamentary Review, Editorial Board
– Australian Academy of Law, Fellow
– Australian Association of Constitutional Law, Member
– Australian Institute of Administrative Law, Member
– Balayi: Culture, Law and Colonialism, Advisory Board
– Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, University of East London School of Law, International Advisory Group
– Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, Member Australian Press Freedom Committee
– New South Wales Bar Association, Member
– New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law, Advisory Board
– Public Policy, Editorial Board

Research Supervision:

– Shipra Chordia (PhD; ‘Proportionality and the Australian Constitution’)
– Genna Churches (PhD; ‘Mass Surveillance and Data Retention in Australia’)
– Harry Hobbs (PhD; ‘Aboriginal Peoples and Public Law Reform’)
– Soula Papadopoulos (SJD; ‘Co-operative Federalism is not a Constitutional Term’)

Grants:

– 2012-2014 ARC Discovery Grant for ‘New Models of Co-Operative Federalism In Australia: Constitutional Principles and Practice’ (with Dr AN Lynch).
– 2009-2014 ARC Laureate Fellowship for ‘Anti-Terror Laws and the Democratic Challenge’
– 2009-2011 ARC Discovery Grant for ‘Federalism for the 21st Century – A Framework for Achieving Reform and Change’ (with Dr AN Lynch; Prof G Craven; Prof NA Warren).
– 2008 ARC Linkage – Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities Grant for ‘Australian Policy Online Upgrade Project’ (with Prof J Thomas; Prof B Costar; Prof RE Tiffen; A/Prof JD Spoehr).
– 2008 UNSW GoldStar Grant for ‘Reforming Australian Federalism’ (with Dr A Lynch, Prof G Craven, Prof N Warren).
– 2006 ARC Linkage – Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities Grant for ‘Australian Policy Online Development Project’ (with Prof J Thomas; A/Prof RE Tiffen; Dr PA Strangio; Prof B Costar; A/Prof JD Spoehr)
– 2005-2009 ARC Discovery Grant for ‘Terrorism and Public Law after September 11’.
– 2005-2006 ARC Linkage Grant for ‘Regional Governance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities: The Development of a Legal Framework and Practical Models to Address Discrimination and Disadvantage.’ (with Larissa Behrendt).
– 2005 ARC Linkage – Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities Grant for ‘Australian Policy Online Enhancement Project’ (with Prof J Thomas, Dr D Burchell, Dr B Costar and A/Prof RE Tiffen).
– 2004-2009 ARC Research Network Grant for ‘The Governance Research Network (GovNet)'(with 50 partners).
– 2004 ARC Linkage – Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities Grant for ‘Australian Policy Online Archive Project’ (with Dr JD Thomas, Dr DL Meredyth, Dr D Burchell and Dr B Costar).
– 2003-2004 Law and Justice Foundation Grant for ‘”Homeless Persons” Legal Rights (Pilot) Project’ (with Cassandra Goldie).
– 2002-2004 Myer Foundation Grant for ‘A Framework for a Shared Future’ (via Reconciliation Australia).
– 2002-2005 ARC Discovery Grant for ‘International Challenges to the Australian Legal System Trade and Human Rights’ (with Hilary Charlesworth)
– 2002-2004 ARC Discovery Grant for ‘Public Law Implications of Treaty Between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians’ (with Larissa Behrendt and Lisa Strelein).
– 2002-2003 ARC Linkage Grant for ‘Australian Electoral Law Building a System for the 21st Century’ (with Graeme Orr).
– 1999-2001 National Council for the Centenary of Federation Grant for ‘Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia’ (with Michael Coper and Tony Blackshield).
– 1999-2000 Canadian Studies Faculty Research Program Grant for ‘Interveners in Public Interest Litigation in Canada and Australia’.
– 1998-2000 Large ARC Grant for ‘A Scholarly Companion to the High Court of Australia’ (with Michael Coper and Tony Blackshield).
– 1998 Small ARC Grant for ‘Australian and United States Constitutional Law: Influences and Comparisons’ (with Adrienne Stone).
– 1997 Small ARC Grant for ‘Industrial Relations and the Australian Constitution’.
– 1996-1997 Small ARC Grant for ‘Human Rights under the Australian Constitution’.