Sheikh Tijan Hydara
Attorney General & Secretary of State for Justice


CURRICULUM VITAE

 

NAME: Sheikh Tijan Hydara

DATE OF BIRTH : 9th May 1968

NATIONALITY: Gambian

RELIGION: Muslim

MARITAL STATUS: Married

SEX: Male

TEL: +44 220 943179
E-MAIL:
sthydara@hotmail.com

 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

2000-2001 Master of Laws
Legislative Drafting
The University of the West Indies
Cave Hill Campus, Barbados

1996-1997

Barrister at Law

Nigeria Law School, Victoria Island Nigeria

1992-1996

Bachelor of Laws

University of Sokoto, Nigeria

 


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Attorney General and Secretary of State for Justice & National Assembly Matters


November 2003- Present
As the Secretary of State responsible for the portfolio of the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of State for Justice and National Assembly Matters, the ambit of my office extended to the administrative matters of the Judiciary; the Administration of Justice and Criminal law; Civil Litigations for and on behalf of the Government of the Gambia; the conduction and direction of Public Prosecutions; Legal Advice and Legal Affairs; the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel; the office of the Registrar General including marriages and divorce, intellectual property; the office of the Curator of In testate Estates and National Assembly Matters.

My responsibility as the Attorney General and Secretary of State for Justice and a member of Cabinet includes

- conducting business relating to the matters within my portfolio both in Cabinet and at the National Assembly

- working in collaboration with colleagues and other public officers to execute decisions taken and made in Cabinet

- initiating policy on matters relating to my portfolio and presenting them to Cabinet for consideration and discussions.


Principal Legal Draftsman & Acting Registrar of Companies



2003-Present
Attorney General's Chambers & Department of State for Justice. As Principal Draftsperson responsibilities include inter alia, the drafting of all the Bills in the Gambia from different Government Departments. The preparation of legislations and notices for gazetting and assisting the Parliamentary counsel during National Assembly Sessions when the need arose as well attending National Assembly sessions.

As the acting Registrar of Companies my responsibilities include inter alia the incorporation of companies association and the conduction of civil marriages.


Acting Curator of
In testate Estate


2003
Attorney General's Chambers & The Department of State for Justice. Briefly acted as the Curator of In testate estate in an acting capacity and the responsibilities included the administration of the estates of those who died in testate and ensured that the beneficiaries of the diseased were justly apportioned their rightful inheritance.

Senior Legal Draftsman

2002-2003
Attorney General's Chambers & The Department of State for Justice. Responsibilities included drafting and the preparation of legislations and notices for the gazetting and assisting the Parliamentary counsel during National Assembly sessions when the need arose.

State Counsel

1998-2002
Attorney General's Chambers and The Department of State for Justice. Responsibilities included the prosecution of criminal cases, writing legal opinions and advice to the Police on matters relating to criminal cases. Legal advices were also provided to government departments on behalf of the Solicitor General and Legal Secretary on any issue requested by said government Departments.

Research Assistant

May 1990-February 1992
National Council for Arts and Culture. Responsibilities included the conduction of researches for the government of the Gambia and NGOs on matters relating to culture.
 

OTHER EXPERIENCES:


2003

Gambia

Desk Officer on the preparation of the Gambia Delegation to Senegal on the Negotiation to Harmonize the laws relating to Road Traffic in both countries.

2003

Kenya

Attended a workshop on Copyright Law.

2003


Gambia

Board member AFPRC Hospital Board of Directors.

2003

Gambia

Attended a Seminar on the Harmonization of Anti terrorism laws and their implementation.
2002-present


Gambia


Member of the Cabinet sub-committee on new Legislations


2002

Dakar

Attended a meeting on the Harmonization of Migration, Immigrants and refugee laws in the Sub-region.


2002


Conakry

Attended a Seminar on the Ratification of UN Conventions on Drugs and Drug Related Offenses

2002

Ethiopia


Attended a Workshop on the Fight Against Corruption


2002


Sudan


Legal Advisor during the Loan Negotiations between the Government of the Gambia and BADEA.
1999 India Certificate on Legislative Drafting


PUBLICATIONS/ LECTURES:

LLM Thesis. 2002 (unpublished) "Approaches of Caribbean and Gambian Courts to Ouster Clauses".

Paper delivered at a Workshop organized by The Gambia Bar Association. 1999. The Atlantic Hotel. "The Development of Judiciary in the Gambia"

Paper delivered at the Juvenile Justice Committee.1999. "Child Witnesses and Criminal Justice System"

Paper delivered in 2003 on at a Workshop organized by the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights in collaboration with the American Embassy. "Crimes Committed by Journalist in the course of their Investigation for Reporting"

Paper delivered in 2003 on at the Palm Grove Hotel to members of the Civil Society during a workshop organized by the African Development Bank. "International Humanitarian Law".

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

1998 – present The Gambia Bar association
1998 - present The Nigerian Bar Association