Research Papers/Topics in Common Law

Elements of murder in Australian law

When considering murder there are several components of law which must be taken into account. This essay highlights elements of murder to be considered: mens rea (guilty mind), actus reus (guilty act), self-defence, provocation or involuntary manslaughter. The elements of murder must be addressed to ascertain if the act in question is actually murder. For a conviction to be safe, it is essential that the evidence provides an outcome that is beyond reasonable doubt; the burden of proof is upon...

Economic Justice and Judicial Structure: Realizing Economic Growth in Nigeria

Economic justice is the expression of the effective distribution of economic goods. This could be realized throughjudicial mechanisms. Effective judicial systems are the platform on which economic justice can be actualized. There is a positive connection between economic justice and an effective judicial system, and this is usually measured by the rule of law and the level of its regard. The paper argued that one of the established dysfunctional characteristics of developing nations is th...


The paper is intended to interrogate section 285 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) with a view to determining whether it is a statute of limitation. 

Widowhood Practice in Nigeria

Discrimination against women is defined by Article 1 of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women 1979 (referred to as the 1979 Convention) as “any distinction, exclusion or restriction made on the basis of sex which has the effect or purpose of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise by women, irrespective of their marital status, on a basis of equality of men and women, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in t...

Applicant Brief

This is a typical way a brief is formed before frontloading to the court in any proceeding either criminal or civil.