IFN Quaterly talks - Pr Patrick Weil gives 3 lectures in 3 cities
This year, the Institut français du Nigéria organised her annual Quarterly Talks around the theme of “Individual interest vs Common interest”. French keynote speakers were invited to Nigeria and it is in this context that Professor Patrick Weil, one of the world’s leading experts on nationality, came to Nigeria from May 14th to May 19th.
Patrick Weil is a French historian and political scientist. He is a senior research fellow at the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) and at the Centre for the social history of the 20th century at the University of Paris 1. His research focuses on comparative citizenship, immigration law, history and constitutional law. For several years, he has been a visiting professor at Yale Law School in the US.
150 people took part in the three lectures given by Professor Weil in Nigeria. The first conference held at Transcorp Hilton Abuja on May 14th, the second was at the University of Lagos on May 16th and the third one at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan on May 17th. Following the lecture in Ibadan, he led a seminar titled “The transformation of citizenship and nationality” at the Institute of African Studies for 18 students.
Themes such as, nationhood, nationality and citizenship, were discussed in much detail and it is our hope that these talks encourage the exchange of French and Nigerian views and help foster new ideas on how to tackle the problems that arise from these themes.