Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai is the Managing Partner of Abdulai & Associates. He has over seventeen years experience working as a lawyer and civil society practitioner. Abdulai is a holder of a BA in English Language, Sociology from the University of Sierra Leone; LLB from the University of Sierra Leone; LLM in International human rights and constitutional law from Central European University. He holds a postgraduate qualification in comparative media law and policy advocacy from Oriel College, Oxford University. Abdulai was Drapher Hill Fellow in Democracy, Development and Rule of Law at the Centre for Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law at the Stanford University. He was also Firoz Lalji Fellow at the Program for African Leadership at the London School of Economics.
Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai practice widely in civil, criminal and constitutional law at the High, Appeals and Supreme Court of Sierra Leone. He has also litigated at the ECOWAS Courts of Justice in Abuja, Nigeria.
Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai is a qualified mediator, negotiator and Arbitrator, haven qualified from the Netherland Institute of International Relations, The Hague, Netherlands. He is a skilled negotiator, mediator, and has negotiated commercial disputes, land rights and acquisition, and tax disagreements.
Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai has litigated and won in leading cases in Sierra Leone ranging from media law- David Tam Mbayoh vs Independent Media Commission; Independent Observer vs Independent Media Commission. In mines, minerals and taxation cases in Koidu New Sembehun City Council vs OCTEA Mining Company. Other commercial cases such as US Diversify vs NP Petroleum. Anti-Corruption case like State vs Mohamed Osman Sesay.
Abdulai is widely published extensively in constitutional and administrative law, human rights, mediation and negotiation. Few of his articles are “The Evolution of Locus Standi in Sierra Leone” Journal of Human Rights Laws; “Born to Assembly: The Inhibiting Claws of the Public Order Act on the Inalienable Rights to Assemble in Sierra Leone.” Journal of Law, General Legal Council. “Constitutional Building in Sierra Leone” Journal of Human Rights Law. A Moment of Hope for our Continent and its peoples’: the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.” The Commonwealth Yearbook 2013