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Interesting Facts About LASU's Pioneer Chancellor, Taslim Olawale Elias and Current Prof. Gbolahan Elias - LASUites Forum

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Justice Taslim Elias is the father of the current Chancellor, Prof. Gbolahan Elias.

He was the pioneer Chancellor of Lagos State University from 1984 - 1991 and now the son is currently occupying same position. His son was appointed in November, 2020 by the Visitor to LASU, Babajide Olushola Sanwo-Olu.

Gbolahan, who was born on October 26, 1960, is the 5th Chancellor of the Lagos State University while his father was born on 11 November 1914.

Interestingly, both are Professors of Law and hails from Isale Eko.

Gbolahan read law at Oxford University, England, and obtained all of his four degrees – BA (First Class Honours), MA BCL (also first Class Honours), D. Phil. – from Oxford University.

He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1981 and the New York Bar in 1990 and has been a Senior Advocate of Nigeria since 2005.

Also, he has been the Chairman of the Lagos State Law Reform Commission, visiting Professor at Babcock University and the current Chancellor of the Lagos State University, #LASU.

In 2020, Nigeria nominated Justice Elias second son, Dr. Olufemi Elias, for election into the International Court of Judges (ICJ) but he was not elected.

His father, Justice Taslim Olawale Elias was not just a former Chief Justice of Nigeria, he was also President of the ICJ and was one of the architects of Nigeria's independence constitution.

Taslim Elias, GCON, was at the same time, Attorney General/Minister of Justice, and Dean, Faculty of Law at UNILAG. He later became the first African President of the ICJ.

Dr Olufemi Elias was a Registrar of International Residual Mechanisms for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT); had degrees from Oxford, Cambridge and a doctorate from University College, London.
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