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.
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.
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.
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.
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.