The French Embassy in Nigeria has hosted Patrick Weil, a renowned French political scientist, for the annual “Quarterly Talks” organised by the cultural service of the Embassy.
This year’s talks are organised around the theme of Individual Interest vs Common Interest.
Patrick Weil is a French historian and political scientist. He is a senior research fellow at the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) and at the Centre for the Social History of the 20th century at the University of Paris 1.
His research focuses on comparative citizenship, immigration law, history and constitutional law. For several years, he has been a visiting professor at Yale Law School in the US.
Professor Weil, at the Invitation of the Institut Français in Nigeria, came to Nigeria from the 14th to the 19th of May and gave three lectures.
The first lecture took place at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja on the 14th of May; the second took place at the University of Lagos on the 16th of May; while the third was held at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan.
In addition to the lecture at the University of Ibadan, Professor Weil also gave a seminar titled “The transformation of citizenship and nationality” for a class of graduate students.
The lectures were well attended and the subjects of nationhood, nationality and citizenship they addressed encouraged lively discussions among the attendees.
A statement issued by the Press Officer, French Embassy, Damilola Ayodeji said “this is what the cultural service of the Embassy, through its Quarterly Talks and other similar initiatives aims at: sharing experiences, sharing ideas to help find new solutions together”.