The International Bar Association (IBA) has appointed Nigerian Maritime lawyer, Mr Mike Igbokwe SAN as the Regional Representative for Africa into the association’s Maritime and Transport Committee. Igbokwe will serve in the committee till 2018.
Igbokwe’s appointment was made in the just concluded IBA Conference in Vienna , Austria, held in October, 2015. The announcement of the appointment was made by Mr. Ricardo Rozas, the Committee’s Chairman at the Committee’s dinner had at the Aux Gazalles, Vienna on October 7, 2015. By virtue of the appointment, Igbokwe will start sitting with the committee from 2016.
The Maritime and Transport Law Committee is one of the Committees under the Maritime and Aviation Section of the Legal Practice Division of the IBA, ‘the global voice of the legal profession’ Through the various committees of the divisions, IBA enables an interchange of information and views among its members as to laws, practices and professional responsibilities relating to the practice of business law around the globe.
The Committee organizes ‘specialist conferences yearly where members connect to discuss the latest issues within their field as well as making international contacts’. It also publishes regular news and articles for its members and may undertake various projects of relevance to its practice area.
Reacting to his appointment, Igbokwe said: “I believe that the appointment is in recognition of my humble contribution to the development of the maritime law work of the Committee in particular and IBA in general and it is a honour done to Nigeria and Africa as a whole which I intend to uphold and use to promote the ideals and aims of the Committee and IBA in Nigeria and Africa.”