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The Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is Nigeria’s apex institution for research and advanced studies in law. It was a brainchild of the legal academic community established in March 1979. One of the main ideas in founding the Institute was to establish it as the centre for advanced legal research for all the Nigerian universities with Faculties of Law, so that all postgraduate work could be undertaken there under the joint auspices of the most experienced and learned academic lawyers available in the country, whether indigenous or foreign.

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Another Mile Stone For NIALS

The Director General Professor Adedeji Adekunle and the HOD Private and Property Law , Prof Adewapo Adebambo were on Monday the 18th of September Conferred with the Rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

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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.

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The Director-General, Professor Adedeji Adekunle, SAN was a panelist at a Mediation Conference organised by Oakwell Partners which held on Thursday 14th September 2017 at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos State.

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NIALS Participates At The African Bar Conference Which Held...

The African Bar Conference is an annual event held for lawyers all over Africa. The Theme of this years Conference is “Dissecting the Legal and Regulatory

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Report Of The Public Dissemination Of The Research Report...

The event was to disseminate the report on the Research Carried out by the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) in Collaboration with

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NIALS Professor Appointed ICPC Chairman

Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, former the Director of Research and Taslim Elias Distinguished Professor of Law, NIALS has been appointed by the Acting

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The Director-General has approved the Call for Submission of Essays for the 2017 Academic Staff Essay Competition as well as the Topic for the essay competition which is: ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA USING THE FUNDAMENTAL OBJECTIVES AND DIRECTIVE PRINCIPLES OF STATE POLICY: A MYTH OR REALITY?

The overarching objective of the competition is to promote research and writing skills among research fellows below the level of RFI so that they acquire the necessary skills and experience for contemporary academic writing and thinking in line with the core mandate of the Institute.

The  Guidelines for Submission for the Academic Staff Essay Competition must be strictly adhered to thus:

1.  Essays must be submitted on or before the 30th of May 2017.
2.  Essays submitted for the academic staff essay competition must not have been submitted for publication in any academic journal or social media.
3.  The footnote references should be OSCOLA, double spaced, 12 theme fonts size in Times New Roman for the body of the essay and 10-point single spaced for footnotes. Character spacing must be set to normal. All essays must be on letter size paper (8.5 x 11 inches/21.59 x 27.94 cm with 1 inch (2.54cm) margins all around.
4.  The essay should not exceed 5,000 words, including quoted matter and citations. Footnotes are not part of the word count.
5.  Only one submission will be accepted per entrant.
6.  By submitting an entry to the competition, each entrant gives NIALS all rights, including copyright, to the entry and express permission to edit and publish the entry in any forum without limitation and without any other notice.
7.  Authors should submit their essays to the Secretariat of the Competition, c/o Office of the Director-General by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The essay must be submitted by email only. No entry will be accepted if submitted by any other means.
8.  The Secretariat shall acknowledge all entries via e-mail within 2days of receipt.
9.  The Institute reserves the right not to give the Award to any of the entrants in the event that the submitted essays do not, in the opinion of the Panel, meet the minimum requirement of a pass mark of 50points.
 
Academic staff participating in the competition must also note the following aspects of grammar and academic writing skills while writing their essay:

a.    Writing style – argumentative/analytical   
b.    Language-voice   
c.    Sentence Structure   
d.    Punctuation   
e.    Structure of essay   
f.     Reference – OSCOLA   
g.    Critical thinking   
h.    Jurisprudence (theoretical and philosophical foundations for arguments)       
i.     Interdisciplinarity of research
j.     Adequate reference to other literature and documents.