Olumide Babalola Esq is a prolific and consummate digital rights, consumer rights, privacy and data protection lawyer. His rich and diverse digital rights litigation experience spans across all superior courts of records in Nigeria and regional courts in Africa including ECOWAS Community Court of Justice.
He has specifically litigated on Digital Privacy, Cybercrime, Hate Speech, Freedom of Information, Online Freedom of Expression, passage of laws protecting digital rights among others. Olumide is a seasoned Conference speaker at local and international fora. In 2018, he was selected alongside 6 other digital rights lawyers from West Africa to attend the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Paris a multi-stakeholder engagement forum and in June 2019, he spoke at the RightsCon (The 8th Annual Summit on Human Rights in the Digital Age) held in Tunis.
Olumide has four published books to his credit: the first is a historical piece on the office of the attorney general of the federation and its occupants in Nigeria; the second being a casebook on Labour and employment law – which work was propelled by the volume of legal opinions (on Nigerian Labour regime especially the decisions of the courts on the peculiar issues) he had to write for his multi-national company on regular basis while the third is another casebook on corporate law and practice. His latest publication – Babalola’s Law Dictionary, is reputed as Nigeria’s first law dictionary (strictly so called).
Olumide is the managing partner of Olumide Babalola, LP – his flagship full service law office with particular bias for digital rights, consumer rights litigation, class actions, employment and corporate commercial litigation et al. As a testament to the cutting-edge practice of his law firm, the law firm was in 2016 presented with the prestigious award of “Quality Summit Award” in the city of New York.
The awardee of the “Nigerian Rising Star Award” is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, Secretary of NBA Lagos Human Rights Committee, British Nigeria Law Forum, Internet Society, Internet Governance Forum Support Association (IGFSA), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, World Litigation Forum, International Bar Association and International Association of Privacy Practitioners.