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


3.1  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


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)