Following the judge’s comprehensive review of all the entries, three (3) entrants were adjudged Winners as follows:

    Anastasia Eruaga  – Winner
    Kenechi Mbajiorgu – First Runner –Up
    Ijeoma Anozie – Second Runner- Up

It is worthy of note to state that the key outcome of this Competition is the renewed interest of Research Fellows to pursue in-depth studies and classified researches that will improve their work.

Click here to read the winning essay

 

BACKGROUND

In line with its core mandate, the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) kick started the year 2016 with the robust introduction and flagging off of Academic Competition tagged “NIALS ACADEMIC ESSAY COMPETITION” which was chaired by Prof. Desire Ameze Guobadia , one time Director General of the Institute . The Competition is another giant initiative taken by the management in demonstrating its commitment to growing knowledge and deepening research in the Institute.

The topic for the maiden competition was –

“THE RIGHT OF SILENCE OF CRIME SUSPECTS IS AN UNNECESSARY CLOG IN THE WHEELS OF JUSTICE”

OBJECTIVES

 According to the vision of the management of NIALS to advance knowledge and deepen the capacity of the workforce in research and writing skills, amongst others, the Essay Competition was set to achieve the following:

    Enable junior research fellows to key into the philosophy of “publish” and “flourish” which is the bedrock of excellent institutions of higher learning and research.
    Rewarding and encouraging quality researcher(s) to enhance their work.

PARTICIPATION

Participation in the essay competition was limited to all Assistant Research Fellows and Research Fellow II. It is these categories of academic staff that the term “junior research fellow” used in the objectives refers to.

PROCESS AND ACTIVITIES

The Director-General constituted a three Member Panel of Judges to assess the essays submitted for the competition. Members of the Panel of Judges were not below the designation of a Senior Research Fellow.

Thirteen (13) entrants submitted their essays to the Secretariat of the Competition - c/o office of the Director General online through a dedicated email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. between April 13th and May 30th. The entries were subsequently sent to the Judges without disclosing the identities of the authors.

The Panel of Judges determined the ranking of the essays in the first, second and third positions based on the aggregate of scores entered by each member of the panel. Candidates who scored less than 50 points were not considered for an award in this competition.

NEXT EDITION

The next edition of the Competition will come up next year February 2017.

Read the winning entry here

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