The twin issues of gender and state of origin rights in Nigeria have in recent times dominated discourses at different fora in the country. While it is true that female subjugation as a national and international problem is primordial and recurrent, the issue of state of origin rights in Nigeria, a sleeping ogre is relatively new, having been awakened by recent events in the country. From the stand point of experts, the idea of state of origin rights, helped and orchestrated by the notion of federal character as provided under the Nigerian Constitution 1999 as amended, encourages mediocrity and marginalize eminently qualified and specialized citizens who are often prevented from taking up complex positions that require expertise in the society on the basis of state of origin. Consequently, there is need for the Nigerian National Assembly (currently engaging in activities that will lead to another Constitutional amendment) to ensure that provisions are included in the Constitution that will replace “state of origin” with “state of residency”.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CAPACITY BUILDING FOR DEVELOPMENT: THE ROLE OF SCHOLARS
There is no doubt that some of the most critical issues and debates of today are in the subject of Intellectual Property (IP) since it cuts across all disciplines: political, legal, economic, social, cultural, technological and more. It impacts directly on the most important issues of access that are critical to human development: from access to knowledge, to technology, to medicines and the entire subject of development, especially among developing countries.
Criminal Justice administration is taking new dimensions worldwide. One of the recent developments in the administration of criminal justice is the emergence of plea bargaining. Most criminal prosecutions are concluded even without trial, this happens in the form of compromises between the parties concerned.
There is polarity of contemporary reactions to this practice. Nevertheless, most participants in the plea bargaining process find the practice as a panacea in the administration of criminal justice. In an epoch where the practice of plea bargaining has come under opprobrium, especially in relation to the anti-corruption fight, it is only apt to engage in an exercise of self-flagellation and make a few recommendations that will impact on criminal justice administration.
In today’s modern world, Information Communication Technology (ICT) plays a central role in bridging the digital divide and reducing the whole world into a global village. Communication is a process whereby information is enclosed, packaged and communicated or disseminated. The importance of information in our modern world cannot be overemphasised.
The legal profession faces the huge challenge of reinventing itself in response to a number of factors that are affecting the way we do business. The world has seen in the past four years a near global economic meltdown which has affected nearly all professions. Hitherto, wealthy nations have experienced shrinkages in their economies leading to sever cut backs in the demand for services including legal. Hitherto, unquestioned concepts especially the principles upon which capitalism is founded have come under serious scrutiny forcing nations to rethink their strategies for survival.
Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (University of Lagos Campus)
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Supreme Court of Nigeria Complex
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