Maryam Uwais MFR

  • Principal Partner
  • Admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1981

Education:

  • Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State – LL. B Hons, (1980)
  • Nigerian Law School, V.I Lagos – BL (1981)
  • Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State – LL.M (1985)
  • Nigerian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies – Certificate in Legal Drafting, 1989
  • Nigerian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies- Certificate in Advanced Practice and Procedure, 1995
  • College of Law, England and Wales – International Practice Diploma (IBA) in International Business Organisations, 2003-
  • Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) (2006)

Postgraduate Diploma in Islamic Banking and Insurance (2009)

Employment Record:

  • Kano State Ministry of Justice (1980-1987)
  • Nigerian Law Reform Commission (1988-1989)
  • Central Bank of Nigeria, 1989-1998
  • Principal Partner, Wali-Uwais & Co (2003-date)
  • Isa Wali Empowerment Iniative (2009-date)

Activities:

  • Council Member, Special Rapporteur, Rights of the Child, National Human Rights Commission (June 2000-2004 & 2005-2006), Nigeria;
  • Member Bureau of Public Enterprises Steering Committee on Anti-Trust and Competition, Nigeria, (June 2011);
  • Pioneer Director Leapafrica (2003-2006);
  • Pioneer Member, Steering Committee, Commonwealth Education Fund (2002-2006)
  • Selection Committee Member, MacArthur Foundation (2003 & 2004);
  • Member, Consultative Committees on Justice Sector Reform (2003) and Legal Aid Reform (2004), Federal Ministry of Justice;
  • Trustee, Youth Business Initiatives (2004-2008);
  • Member, Board of Governors, Negotiation and Conflict Management Group (2004-2007);
  • Member, Working Committee on Fiscal Responsibility Act for Nigeria (2004-2006);
  • Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK); August, 2006);
  • NBA Chair, Justice Sector Committee (Sept. 2006-June, 2007);
  • Advisory Board Member, Nigeria Leadership Initiative (Jan. 2007);
  • Board Member, Justice Research Institute Ltd Gte. (Oct, 2007);
  • Trustee, Coalition Against Tobacco (Sept. 2007);
  • Board Member, Women in Successful Careers Ltd Gte, (Oct. 2007);
  • Coalition for Change (C4C): Member, Technical Committee of the Constitutional Reform Dialogue Mechanism (Dec. 2007); Gender and Affirmative Action (May 2008);
  • Member African Union Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (July 2008);
  • Member, NBA Capacity Building Committee (February 2009)
  • Member, Securities and Exchange Commission Bonds Sub-Committee (January 2009);
  • Member, Next Generation Task Force, Nigeria (December 2009);
  • Founder and Chairperson, Isa Wali Empowerment Initiative Ltd Gte (December 2009);
  • Consultant to UNICEF, OSIWA, World Bank, DFID on various projects
  • Member, Presidential Advisory Council
  • Member, Ministry of Finance Job Creation Committee
  • Board Member, Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc
  • Member, BPE Legal Technical Committee
  • Member, Kano State Government Almajirai Committee
  • Member, Northern Governors Committee on Reconciliation, Healing and Security
  • Trustee, The Kukah Centre
  • Member, World Bank Governance Consultative Group
  • Member, National Advisory Committee of the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme

Core Practice Areas:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Competition  & Anti Trust
  • Banking & Insurance Law
  • Privatisation
  • Human Rights Law
  • Public Interest Litigation
  • Justice Sector Reform
  • Arbitration
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Mergers & Acquisition
  • Legislative Drafting
  • International Business Law
  • Family Law
  • Islamic Banking
  • Capital Market Operations.

Membership of Professional Bodies:

  • Nigerian Bar Association;
  • International Bar Association;
  • Association for Women’s Rights in Development;
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK;
  • Associate Fellow of Institute for Islamic Banking & Insurance, UK.

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • Hausa

 

Email: maryamu@wali-uwais.com