Cameroon: Crisis in Cameroon Event | News

Event Agenda / Felix Agbor Nkongho Full BioBriefing Note


Join the Law Society of Ontario and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada on October 25th for a discussion with Barrister Felix Nikongho about the humanitarian crisis resulting from the persecution of the Anglophone minority population of Cameroon. Barrister Nkongho is an esteemed human rights lawyer and advocate for the rights of Anglophones and those working to defend their rights in Cameroon.

October 25, 2018
Discussion: 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.*
Reception: 7:15 – 8:30 p.m.
Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St. W., Toronto
*This portion of the program is also available as a live webcast

This public event is free, but space is limited. For additional information, and to register, please visit: | 416-947-3413 | 1-800-668-7380 ext. 3413

Photographs and video taken at this public program will be used in Law Society and partner organization print and online publications.

Felix Agbor Nkongho

Felix Agbor Nkongho is an Anglophone Cameroonian human rights lawyer who is the immediate past president of the Fako Lawyers Association, vice president of the African Bar Association in charge of Central Africa, and the founder and President of the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa.

Felix Agbor Nkongho is a leader in the civil society movement seeking to remedy the historic inequality, discrimination and marginalization of Anglophones in
Cameroon. He has been actively involved in organising non-violent civil disobedience and protests calling for the protection of the culture and rights of
Anglophone Cameroonians.

The Cameroonian government arrested Felix Agbor Nkongho in January 2017 along with other Anglophone activists and leaders in Cameroon. He was detained and faced several charges in the military court. In August 2017, those charges were dropped and he was released.

Felix holds an LLB and LLMs in both International and Comparative Law and International Human Rights Law. He has studied and holds degrees from the University of Yaoundé, the Nigerian Law School (Abuja), Vrije Universiteit (Brussels) and Notre Dame University (USA).

Gavin Magrath

Gavin’s practice focuses on Canadian litigation liability arising out of international transportation and logistics activities. He has represented forwarders, carriers, ship owners, and cargo interests in litigation before the Superior and Federal Courts, as well as through ADR and at various administrative tribunals. He assists clients with a variety of civil and commercial litigation matters, including conflicts referrals, commercial and contract disputes, employment litigation, and privacy and e-commerce issues. He also maintains a significant pro bono practice in International Human Rights Law research and advocacy, chiefly through Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada.

Since 2009 Gavin has served as counsel and a volunteer Director of the National Board of Directors of the Canadian International Freight Forwarders’ Association (CIFFA); he oversaw the updating of the CIFFA Standard Trading Conditions in 2003, 2010, and 2016, and frequently lectures for the Association’s Certificate education programs and member webinars. He is a member of the Canadian Maritime Lawyers’ Association and sits on its board as the Constituent Member representative for CIFFA. He was appointed to the Advisory Body Legal Matters for FIATA at the World Congress in Dublin, 2016.

Gavin’s pro bono and public interest practice includes research and litigation support for international human rights and crown liability cases, as well as acting as counsel or providing direct pro bono legal services to non-profit and charitable organizations. He serves as a Director of Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, an ECOSOC registered charitable organization focusing on the persecution by States of human rights defenders, and Chair of its sister organization Lawyer’s Rights Watch (Legal Research) Canada. In addition to authoring research, letters, and white papers, Gavin made representations to the 27th, 30th, and 33rd sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva as an accredited representative for LRWC.