Department Of Public and International Law Lecture Notes


Lecturer

1) NIGERIAN LEGAL SYSTEM (PART 1).

(Miss Imuekemhe Emike Jessica)

So many legal exponents have rendered intellectual attempts at compiling the history of the Nigerian Legal System. Among them are T.O Elias 2, A. Obilade 3, C. Okonkwo 4, Omoniyi Adenoye 5 and A.E.W Park 6.

From all their works, it has been established that the sources of the Nigerian Legal System are;

1. The Received English Law. a) The Doctrine of Equity  b) Common law

2) Nigerian Legislations.

3) Customary Law.

4) Judicial Precedents (Case law). 

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2) LEGAL METHOD 1 (PART 1).

(Miss Hauwa Abiri Constance)

The word ‘law’ can be used differently depending on the circumstance. According to Charles Louise de Second and Baron de Montesque in their book, the Spirit of the Law,

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3) LEGAL METHODS 1 (PART 3).

(Mr Imoisi Simon Ejokema)

The phrase “Legal Method” consists of two words, which are “legal” and “method”. The word “legal” implies things relating or pertaining to law while “method” means a way or procedure of doing something in an organized and planned manner. Legal method can therefore be de?ned as the way and manner of doing things relating to law in the society.

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4) NIGERIAN LEGAL SYSTEM 1(PART 2).

(Mr Oaihimire Edetalenh Idemudia)

The sources of Nigerian law are not wholly local by reasoning of our political history. Following the colonization and imposition of British rule in Nigeria between 1861 & 1914. English law was introduced into different part of the country at different times by series of Proclamation & Ordinance.

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5) NIGERIA LEGAL SYSTEM (PART 4).

(Mr Uzualu James Emokhai)

Customary law consists of customs accepted by the members of a community as binding among them it has been described as a mirror of acceptable usage

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6) LEGAL METHOD (PART 2).

(Dr Simon Abifarin Olufemi)

In order to satisfactorily answer the question “what is law?” one needs to delve into the realm of Jurisprudence. Jurisprudence, which is also known as the Theory of law, Philosophy of law or Legal Philosophy is the examination of what different scholars have said about law over the years. It is the total study of law as a whole, which include the concept, principles and purpose in a society. Jurisprudence, as a field of study of the foundation of law…

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7) LEGAL METHOD (PART 2 A).

(Dr Simon Abifarin Olufemi)

The Natural Law School
This is the first School of law. It refers to a body of moral rules and principles of human conduct which can be universally deduced from Nature. It is perceived by man through reason and comprises of those laws which man in his wisdom will readily agree to be just and necessary for society.

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8) NIGERIAN LEGAL SYSTEM (PART 3A).

(Dr Masajuwa Florence Ulunma)

Legislation is the product of a deliberate and formal expression of rules of conduct made by the relevant law making authority. Such relevant authority must be recognized for this purpose by the operative political and legal machinery of that state e.g. the constitution, otherwise the law it enacts will be considered as void and illegal.