In 1992, when I was building my Jamaican practice, I received a request from Dudley Thompson who was then Jamaican High Commissioner to Nigeria. He asked me if I would prepare a paper to be delivered to the First Pan African Conference on Reparations, to be held in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. He wanted me to research the legal basis of the concept that African peoples should receive reparations for the damage done by the transatlantic slave trade and the institution of slavery in the Americas.