A woman’s right within marriage and the family greatly affects her ability to control her life and make voluntary, informed reproductive choices. Equal right within marriage was among the first human rights pertaining to women’s status to be explicitly recognised under international law.


The overarching objective of the Academic Staff Essay Competition is to promote research and writing skills of research fellows below RF1 with the aim of ensuring that they acquire the necessary skills and experience required for contemporary academic writing and thinking in line with the core mandate of the Institute.

The secondary objectives of the essay competition are:

(i)                 To enable junior research fellows to key into the philosophy of  “publish and “flourish” which is the bedrock of all excellent institutions of higher learning and research, and

(ii)               To reward the junior research fellows whose essays are assessed as the best in the competition.


Participation in the essay competition is restricted to all Assistant Research Fellows and Research Fellow II. It is these categories of academic staff that the term “junior research fellow” used in these Academic Staff Essay Competition Guidelines refers to.

Facilitator: Gary Kelechi Amadi
Research Fellow

Most activities in our lives are governed by contracts which are about relying on people’s promises. The expectation of people entering into a contract is that the promises they made while entering the contract will remain good until full performance. (Prof. Bolaji Owasanaoye, 2014 NIALS Course on Legal Writing Skills and Banking Documentation)

Facilitator: Dr. Emmanuel Okon
Senior Research Fellow and Head of International Law Department