The Maritime Seminar for Judges (MSJ), a journey that started in 1995 which the Nigerian Shippers’ (NSC), opted for collaboration with the National Judicial Institute (NJI). The concept was to make it entirely Nigerian judges understands the maritime activities during their adjudicate for purpose of fair hearing . And also major objective of the biennial conference was to fill a gap noticed in the training process of judicial officers which was defective in the area of admiralty laws and matters so as to resolve the bottlenecks this has been creating in adjudicating maritime cases to enhance trade facilitation. Twenty three years down the line, the scope of the MSJ has become widened to include legal experts from other parts of Africa participating.
More than anything else, the massive presence of jurists and legal experts from the continent perhaps stands out the 2018 edition just ended in Abuja. The presence of justices, chief judges and other legal pundits from Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia, etc is a testimony to views canvassed at the conference that the MSJ was now assuming a sub-regional dimension and would, with time, become a platform to discuss ways to deepen the knowledge of admiralty laws by legal officers at the continental level.