A.    OBJECTIVES AND MANDATE

The law in African is a diverse mix of Common Law, Customary Law and Religious Law Systems. Africa is the 2nd largest continent and has about 54 countries. Africa has been shaped primarily through different countries’ inheritance law which existed in Europe through the 19th century. For instance, the primary sources of Nigerian law were English common law while those of South Africa were Roman-Dutch and English common law. In fact, Africa has more applicable laws (through customary) than any other continent. Many of these combinations do not stem from voluntary development of African legal systems; rather they are influenced by domineering colonial powers.

In view of the above, the mandate of the African and Comparative Law Department includes:

  1. Analyzing and understudy the genesis, background and nature of African laws;
  2. Studying the interaction and cross influence of diverse legal systems and cultures which increase as national borders become less significant;
  3. Studying the similarities and differences between the legal systems of different jurisdictions in Africa;
  4. Understanding African Laws and Making a case for reform;
  5. Understanding the dynamics, strengths, weaknesses and reforms taking place within African legal systems;
  6. Studying international law and its enforcement in Africa.

The objectives and mandate of the Department are carried out through the following:
a.    Roundtables;
b.    Workshops;
c.    Journals publications; and
d.    Seminar presentations

B.    STAFF STRENGTH

Currently, the department comprises the following members of staff:

Head of Department:

Mr. Anyebe Peter Ademu Senior Research Fellow)

  1. Professor Animi Awah, Director of Studies (Lagos)
  2. Mrs. Madu Vivian, LL.M, RFI (Lagos)
  3. Mrs. Oparavero Prudence LL.M, RF II (Abuja)
  4. Mrs. Eboh Nnenna, LL.M, RF II (Abuja)
  5. Mrs. Omojola, Oluwakemi LL.M RF II (Lagos)
  6. Mrs. Idowu, Temidayo, LL.M RF Ii (Abuja)
  7. Mr. Ajanwachukwu Chibueze, LL.M RF II (Abuja)
  8. Mrs. Anozie, Ijeoma, LL.B, ARF (Abuja)

C.    DEPARTMENT JOURNAL
The Journal of African and Comparative Law is domiciled in the Department. The journal aims to present information on pressing issues pertaining to international and comparative law; articles on public and private international law are also accepted. Articles submitted to be published in the journal are subjected to blind peer review to ensure that published articles meet the international standard for scholarly publication.

2.0    OBJECTIVES AND MANDATE OF THE DEPARTMENT

The Departmental mandate flows from the broad mandate of the institute which is as contained in its enabling law.

The department among others,has the mandate of

  • co-ordinating roundtables and seminars on issues relating to private and property law
  • co-ordinating short training course
  • co-ordinate the call and peer review of papers for journals domiciled in the department conducting research and fostering collaboration with external
  • undertaking any other duties as assigned by the Director-General

3.0     DEPARTMENTAL ACTIVITIES

3.1  Previous Activities

3.1.1 Roundtables

a)    Housing and Property Rights in Nigeria

Date: 23rd September, 2014

Venue:  Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) Conference Hall, Abuja

b)    Name Asset Registry Management and House Financing

Date: September 15, 2015

Venue: Old Court Room, Supreme Court Complex Abuja

c)    Roundtable on " Gaps in Data Privacy and Security in Adopting Cloud Services in Nigeria

Date: December 2014

Venue: Banquet Hall, Apo Apartment, Abuja

3.1.2 Workshop

a)    Nigeria's Digital Economy and the Copyright System: Challenges and Opportunities for Strategic Growth in the Information Age

Date: 15-16 June 2015

Venue: Southern Sun Ikoyi Hotel, Lagos

3.1.3 Courses

a)    Copyright X Satellite Course

Date: February 8 to April 26, 2014

Venue:    Lagos Campus

b)    Copyright X Satellite Course

Date: February 7 to April 25, 2015

Venue: Lagos Campus

c)    NIALS Course on Information Technology and the Law

Date: July 23-24, 2015

Venue: Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) Conference Hall, Abuja

3.1.4 Journals/ Publications

a)    Adebambo Adewopo, Helen CHuma-Okoro and Adejoke Oyewumi, 'A Consideration of Communal Trademarks for Nigerian Leather and Textile Products' in Jeremy de Beer & Ors (eds.), Innovation and Intellectual Property: Collaborative Dynamics in Africa (UCT 2014) 109-131

b)    NIALS Journal Of Intellectual Property Law (NJIP) 2014/2015

3.1.5    NIALS Online Course Module on Intellectual Property Law

Number of Modules developed  7

3.2 Ongoing Activities

3.2.1 CURRENT COLLABORATIONS IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

a)    Creative Commons

The collaboration was formalized through the conclusion of an MOU in 2013 valid for four years. As Public Lead, NIALS is primarily responsible for coordinating publicity engagement and activities of CC Nigeria and promotion of the use of CC licenses through training, out-reach, workshops and related events.

b)    CopyrightX

The on-going CopyrightX Satellite Course collaboration with the Harvard Law School, the HarvardX distance-learning initiative, and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society commenced in 2014.

3. 2.2  Housing and Property Rights Text project

The text project was created to serve as an avenue to publish presentations made at the departmental roundtables, on issues relating to property rights. So far, only two of the papers from the roundtable on Housing and Property Rights have been adjudged as publishable.

Three presentations from the roundtable Asset Registry Management are currently being worked upon by members of the department to ensure that they all meet the minimum standard of referencing the sources of authorities used in the presentations.

3.2.3  Legal History of Nigeria Project

The Legal History of Nigeria Project is a proposed two volume work on key thematic areas of Nigeria's legal history.  The project began in earnest in October 2014. All chapters have been assigned. The editorial team has received Eighteen (18) articles. The editorial team is currently considering merging some of the themes to avoid overlap from contributors.

3.2.4    Journals

The department is currently working on the next volume of the NIALS Journal of Intellectual Property Law (NJIP)

3.2.5 Roundtable

The department proposes to organise a roundtable on Promoting Food Security and Bi-diversity in Nigeria: Legal and regulatory framework".

Staff Strength

Helen Chuma-Okoro (Research Fellow I)

-  Head of Department:

Professor Adewopo Adebambo SAN(Chair, Ademola Edu Professor of Intellectual Property Law)

Nwabuzor Chukwuemeka Castro (Research Fellow I/Coordinator CCLE)

Ajetunmobi Ridwaan Lanre (Research Fellow II)

Nwamu Gloria Kanwulia (Research Fellow II)

Ezirigwe Jane (Assistant Research Fellow)

Ekong Ofonmbuk Esther (Research Fellow II)

Maduka Ngozi Emmanuela (Research Fellow II)

Chidiebere Chinweike (Research Fellow II)

Omole Temitope Alice (Research Fellow II)

Joshua Akobella Tommy (Assistant Research Fellow)

Tola–Lawal Eme Eyo (Assistant Research Fellow)

PUBLIC LAW DEPARTMENTAL BRIEF

  1. Objective and Mandate: The Public Law department’s mandate is to continuously build upon the work of the institute. Within the broad area of Public law, the department sponsors speakers series called the “Public Law Colloquium” which brings together under different yearly themes, researchers and practitioners who work in the field of public law. To foster discussions, the department holds occasional roundtables on the various areas of public law. The department researches questions in the area of constitutional law, human rights law, administrative law, tax law, criminal law as well as all procedural law. Public Law department is proud of its quarterly newsletter.
  2. Staff Strength
    Head of Department:

    Dr (Mrs) Ibe Okegbe-Ifeakandu

  1. Professor D. A. Guobadia (Professor of Law & Former DG)
  2. Dr. Udombana Ngozi Justina (Associate Professor/Head of SPGS)
  3. Oluwagbami David Akinola (Senior Research Fellow)
  4. Dr. Fatima Waziri-Azi (Research Fellow 1)
  5. Dr. Okupkon Adesanya Irepitan (Research Fellow I)
  6. Uche Onyinyechi Liian (Research Fellow II)
  7. Kenechukwu Chinenye Mbajiorgu (Research Fellow)
  8. Azoro – Amadi Oluchi (Research Fellow II)
  9. Ogwuda Ebele Gloria (Research Fellow II)
  10. Popoola Benjamin Sijuade (Assistant Research Fellow)

         3.  Programmes : Previous and Ongoing

    3.1. Courses: Six courses were domiciled in Public Law Department and  they  include:

  • Government Legal Advisers Course  (stream 1 &  2).
  • Legal     Writing Skills (stream  1  &  2).
  • Training Workshop on Freedom of Information  Act &     its Applications (stream 1 &  2).
  • 35th Advanced Course in Practice and Procedure and Negotiations.
  • Public Prosecutors Course (Stream  1 &2).
  • Workshop on Seizure and Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime.

    3.2. Journals

  • NIALS Journal of Law and Development.
  • NIALS Constitutional Law Reform Journal.
  • NIALS Journal of Law and Gender.
  • NIALS Environmental Law Journal.
  • NIALS law and public policy.
  • Annual Survey of Nigerian Law.

   3.3. Workshop Participation   

  •  3 day workshop tagged “Putting our best foot forward: The Judiciary and the Challenges of satisfying Judicial needs of the 21st century” organized by NBA/UNODC held on the 7th -9th of July 2014.
  • Workshop organized by the Law Reform Commission on the Reform of Dishonoured Cheques (Offences) Act held on 18 November 2014.
  • Public hearing on the Electoral Accountability Project of the National Human Rights Commission held on the 23rd and 24th of July 2014.
  • Training Workshop on Human Rights and Criminal Justice Responses to Terrorism (Prosecution) Nigeria held on the 16th -19th September 2014 and UNODC Specialized Training on the prosecution of terrorism in Nigeria held on 24th – 27th November 2014.
  • Stakeholders Consultation on Assisting the National Preventive Mechanism and Implementation of the OPCAT in Nigeria held on the 4th of December 2014.
  • Paper presentation at a one-day workshop/training for Magistrates and Prosecutors in    the FCT    on the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015. Organized by the Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errands (CURE-NIGERIA), which held on the 1st of December 2015.

  3.4. Roundtables

  • Fraud  in Sports: Organized on the 12th of May 2015.