Uneven economic development and massive poverty are key indicators of state fragility/failure. The cycle of boost and bust in Nigeria’s economy and the growing perception of an alienated majority are therefore, clear danger signals for Nigeria’s survival. Expectedly, many look up to law, regulation and legal practice to lay the normative foundation for reclaiming the state and her citizens.
Development law and public interest is the legal model that prioritises people over property, whilst consciously negotiating the dialectical relationships between “people‟ and “things‟. Development lawyers are interested in wealth and growth, but insist that they must be geared towards human development.
OAL Development Law and Public Interest group is a pioneering platform for re-imagining legal practice in Nigeria. Having identified the greatest challenge in Nigeria as the disconnect between growth and human wellbeing, we are determined to work proactively with government, corporations, institutions and individuals to drive human centered development in Nigeria. We are of the firm view that the seeming discordant forces in Nigeria have capacities, which if properly harnessed could be employed in driving human development.
OAL Development Law and Public Interest Group is therefore conceived as:
- A Think/Do Tank for Change
- A partnership hub for human interest development
- A consultancy centre for legal and regulatory reforms
- An intellectual capital for pro-poor development in Nigeria