Research Papers/Topics in Law

Re-Shaping Institutions for Industrial Dispute Settlement in Nigeria: Perspectives on the Status of the Industrial Arbitration Panel

This work intends to make an analysis of the Industrial arbitration panel as an institution forTrade dispute resolution in Nigeria under the Trade Dispute Act of 1990. Subsequently, anexamination into the defects that has rendered the institution ineffective will be made andthereafter to proffer solution with a view to re-shaping the machinery for Trade disputeresolution in Nigeria. A comparative study of the dispute settlement mechanism in SouthAfrica, Tanzania and the United Kingdom would b...

Consumer Redress Channels Under Nigerian Laws: A Comparative Analysis

The relational disparities between the Nigerian consumers and suppliers have been pronounced that a Nigerianconsumer can only be described as a subject but not a king. It is however, palpable that there is no economy in the world that is devoid of consumer abuses and exploitation. It is regrettable that Nigerian consumers appear to be the most abused and most exploited by manufacturers (local and international), suppliers and retailers. This paper seeks to catalogue consumer redress channels ...

A Review of the Customary Law of Inheritance and Succession amongst the Efik and Qua Communities in Cross River State, Nigeria

Customary Law embodies customs aspracticed by the people which they regardas binding on them.1 It is any system oflaw different from Common Law and aLaw enacted by legislation, but which isenforceable and binding within Nigeria asbetween the parties subject to its way.1This article reviews the Customary Lawtheories of inheritance and successionamong the Efik and Qua communities inCross River State. To this end, it examinesthe various classifications of theCustomary Law of Inheritance andSucce...

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: EMERGING PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES

The 20th century is remarkably characterized by an increase in inventiveness due to more breakthroughs in science and technology and the emergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems. Recent records show that AI systems, in addition to being an aid in the inventive process, are now capable of making independent inventions using data and instructions inputted by their programmers. Meanwhile, Intellectual property law (IP) ensures that one’s intellectual outputs (labour) is not exploited ...

The Discombobulation on the Legality of Child Marriage

IntroductionIf one child choses to marry another is there anything wrong with it? Let’s reinvigorate our minds to reminisce the traditional social settings of the African People, children  were  allowed  to  marry  in  fulfillment  of  parental  wishes.  However  today,  we  are concerned with the existence of certain customs that appear to be repugnant to both State laws and international legal instruments. Whilst we pro...

Relevancy in Evidence

Two kinds of fact are very important in the Law of Evidence. They are facts in issue and relevant facts. The concept of facts in issue has been dealt with by several authors and jurists. However, it is necessary to discuss it here because it has a very interesting relationship with relevant facts. Think of the relationship between facts in issue and relevant facts as that which exists between baking a plain cake and baking a chocolate cake. Yeah. This sounds weird. But stay with me....

AN APPRAISAL OF THE EVIDENCE ACT, 2011 AND THE APPLICABILITY OF THE COMMON LAW RULES OF EVIDENCE IN NIGERIA

This work would be premised on the admissibility of the Evidence Act 2011 and the applicability of common law rules of evidence. We shall be able to ascertain whether or not the Evidence Act, 2011 has abolished recourse to the common law rules of evidence. As a result, special care will be taken in this work to discuss the provision of section 3 of the Evidence Act, 2011 and the applicability of the common law rules of evidence whenever and wherever the Evidence Act or any other legisla...

The Role Of Government In The Family Justice System: The Future And Challenges Confronting The System In Nigeria

The Family Justice System, also known as the Juvenile Justice System developed out of a concern for the position of children and young persons in the society.

INHIBITIONS OF WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP ROLES: A LEGAL PERSPECTIVE

ABSTRACTGenerally, many societies differentiate between the sexes over rights, duties and functions.

Human Organ Trade: Trending Issues and the Relationship to Access in Justice

In a world facing a constant battle between the law and crime, yet another offspring of crime is unabashedly conceived and manages to seep out despite all attempts by the justice systems all over the world to eliminate or mitigate to the barest minimum crime in all its forms.Human Organ trade is a new trend in crime and is in fact fast topping the echelons of criminal strata and is indeed a very deadly crime to battle with. The question one might ask is, how long is the hand of the law or bet...

Traditional Coup D’états In The Bamenda Grassfields Of Cameroon Chieftaincy Institution: A Historical Exploration

ABSTRACT One  of  the  most  noticeable  features  of  the  social-cultural  heritage  of  the Cameroon  Grassfields  is  the  chieftaincy  institution.    Chiefs  are  a  permanent feature  of  the  Cameroonian  Grassfields  society.  Throughout  history, Grassfields  chiefs  have  been  at  the  center  of  the  political,  social-economic  and cultural  life  of  their  respective  societies.    This  paper  reveals  that  the  violent det...

International Media Campaign on Human Rights Abuses and Extra-Judicial Killings in the Ongoing Nigerian Military’s Counter-Insurgency: The Victor, the Victim and the Abused

Abstract The  unsettled  and  subjective  nature  of  what  constitute  human  rights abuse  and  extra-judicial  killing  affords  most  western  nations  and international  media  to  misconstrue  security-related  matters  in  most developing  world.  More  problematic  is  how  such  misconstrued  reality on  the  ground  and  publicity  inform  policy  decisions  of  these  nation, thereby,  undermining  military  counterinsurgency  operation...

Nigeria’s Ratification of International Human Rights Instruments and the Question of the Non-Justiciability of Chapter II of Its 1999 Constitution

Abstract  This  paper  examined  the  implication  of  Nigeria’s  ratification  of international  human  rights  instruments  in  relation  to  enforcement  of socio-economic  rights  in  the  country  and  debunked  the  age-long postulation  that  Chapter  II  of  the  Nigerian  Constitution  is  nonjusticiable.  The  paper  proceeded  to  show  that  even  if  Chapter  II  of  the said  Constitution  was  to  be  held  to  be  non-jus...

Raising Fresh Cause of Action: One Limit of A Counter-Claim

Litigation is often considered the last resort in the conflict resolution process. The litigation mechanism is commenced by the aggrieved party - the Plaintiff - taking out a writ against the other party in Court. Where a matter is contentious, the Rules of Court requires the Plaintiff to commence the suit by way of a Writ of Summons which should be filed along with a Statement of Claim and served on the other party (the Defendant). When served, a Defendant amongst other things is requi...


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