Three Research Fellows from the Institute were among the six Nigerians

who presented papers at the Law & Development Conference that was held in Cape town, South Africa on the 7th and 8th September, 2017.

The Law & Development Conference is a forum hosted by the Law & Development Institute that creates an opportunity for leading scholars from all over the world to present their world-class research in law and development studies.

The 2017 Law and Development Conference was the first time the conference is being held in Africa and was entitled “Law and Development: From the African Perspective. Researches presented by the Institute staff include: “Law as a Tool for Ensuring Contributions of Small Scale Women Farmers to Food Security in Nigeria” by Ms. Jane Ezirigwe; “Justifying Water Rights in Nigeria: Fiction or Achievable Panacea?” by Dr. Irekpitan Okukpon and Ms. Ijeoma Anozie; and “The Role of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) in Developing Nations: Nigeria as a case Study” by Mr. Ridwan Lanre Ajetunmobi. The NIALS researchers were sponsored by the TY Danjuma Fund for CCLA/NIALS projects. The papers were well received and provided insights for robust discussions at the conference. The papers can be viewed at