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Ms. Adaobi Egboka

Africa Program Director, Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice

Adaobi Egboka is a human rights lawyer with more than fifteen years of experience working on access to justice, the rule of law, and good governance and over ten years of experience in NGO management, project coordination, fundraising, stakeholder management, and team/capacity building. She is currently the Africa Program Director of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice. A New York-based non-profit that advances global justice by engaging lawyers across borders to support civil society and an ethically active legal profession.

Ms. Egboka started her professional career providing research support to Hon. Justice Adefope-Okojie of the Lagos State Judiciary, and later she became a legal officer at the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP), a leading Nigerian human rights NGO, where she rose to the position of the Executive Programmes Director. Her work focused on innovative leadership and the practical application of international, regional, and human rights treaties and standards through capacity building, strategic litigation, and advocacy. She also focused on the full implementation of laws on justice sector reform and prohibition of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and on initiating and coordinating pro bono partnerships such as managing the duty solicitor scheme of LEDAP in collaboration with the Law Society of England and Wales in 2009. She has championed several campaigns for the passage of progressive legislation in Nigeria and coordinated strategic intervention on curial human rights issues across Africa. She led the West African Focal Point of the Coalition for Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights from 2012 -2017. She served as an expert member on the electoral violence mitigation project at The Electoral Institute, Abuja, from February 2015 -2016. Ms. Egboka also has served as the Technical Assistant on Police Reform for the Rule of Law Advisory Team in the office of the Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Ms. Egboka received her LL.M. in Sustainable International Development Law in 2018 from the University of Washington School of Law, graduating with distinction and awarded the Roy Prosterman Leadership Award. Previously, she earned an LL.B. from the University of Lagos and a Barrister-at-law degree from the Nigerian Law School. She was a Barer fellow at the University of Washington and PILnet fellow, serving as a visiting scholar at Columbia University Law School. She has interned at the Center for Reproductive Rights, New York office. She also interned at the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Columbia Legal Services, and North-West Justice Project, all in Seattle, Washington State.

1000 - 1130

Thursday 6th July 2023 Conference Day 1

Stream 2 – Section on Legal Practice

Venue: Lion Hall

Women, the Law and Justice: scaling up the advocacy

Sponsored by: the Legal Services Facility (LSF)

Moderator: Mr. Alphonce, GURA, Senior Programme Officer, Legal Services Facility (LSF)

Panellists:

  • Adv. Linda KASONDE, Vice President for Africa, Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA); Founder, LCK Chambers
  • Adv. Adaobi EGBOKA, Africa Program Director, Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, New York City (NYC) Bar Association
  • Ms. Lulu NG’WANAKILALA, Chief Executive Officer, Legal Services Facility (LSF)