The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has announced the appointment of Professor Muhammad Tawfiq Ladan as Director General of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, NIALS.

The apppintment letter to Prof. Ladan states: “I am pleased to inform you that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved your appointment as Director-General Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies for an initial term of four years.

“This appointment is with effect from 9th September 2019…Please accept my congratulations and best wishes on your appointment.”

Until his new appointment, the Ahmadu Bello university Law don was the Director of Legislative Support Services at the National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies.

Professor Muhammed Tawfiq Ladan obtained his LLB, LLM and PhD degrees in Law in 1986, 1990 and 1996 respectively. He obtained also two post-doctoral certificates in ADR, 1996 and Leadership and Professional Development, 2000 as a Hubert Humphrey Fellow/visiting scholar to the University of Minnesota, California State University and Harvard Law School, USA.
Professor Ladan’s areas of specialization and special interest include public international law relating to human rights, gender, humanitarian, environment, energy, natural resources and security laws in Africa.
Prof. Ladan’s teaching, research and postgraduate supervision career started 26 years ago at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Faculty of Law (1987 to date).
Prof. Ladan’s contribution to the development of Nigerian and international laws is clearly manifested in his over 16 authored books; over 80 journal articles and over 100 national and international conference/seminar papers written and presented in Nigeria, USA, UK, Denmark, France, Canada, Ghana, South Africa, Dubai, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Brazil, Cameroon, Kenya, Indonesia, Uganda etc.
Ladan was the former Deputy Dean of Law/Head of Department of Public Law, ABU-Zaria (2001-5); former Director of Research and Planning of the National Human Rights Commission, Abuja (1997-99); former Presidential Commissioner to President Obasanjo’s Reform of the Justice Sector in Nigeria (2006-7).