Department Of Public and International Law Courseware


In the beginning … A situation gives rise to conflict and parties become desirous of having their rights determined by a court of competent jurisdiction.


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The term sources of law among others means or use refers to the fountain of authorities of a rule of law. The sources of Nigerian law are not wholly local by reasoning of our history. The Received English Law is a source of Nigerian Law.


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Customary law in Nigeria, it is defined as rule which in a particular district has a long usage and obtained the force of law. And it is divided into two classes ethnic or non-Muslim customary & Muslim law. Justics Obaseki Jsc has also defined customary law


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Legislation is a powerful and exigent source of Nigerian law. it is a deliberate exercise of law making powers by a person or persons legally or constitutionally empowered to do so in a political setting. Another name for legislation is statute. It is a utilitarian instrument for the socio-economic and technological development of a country. Through the 19th and 20th century, a huge increase in Nigerian legislation has taken place and it is clear that it has now become by…
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This course is designed to expose students to legal methods and the workings of law in the society. It will examine such issues as the meaning of law, aspects and classification of law, functions of law, social order and law, methods of social control through law, comparative adjudicatory methods and customary methods of adjudication, the nature of orthodox legal process, legal language, legal reasoning, logic and justification.


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This course discusses the primary sources of law i.e. statutory materials and judicial materials, the secondary sources of law i.e. books, pamphlets, letters, speeches, interviews, periodicals and newspapers, foreign materials. It also introduces students to the use of source materials i.e. the law library and legal research, indexing and identification of library materials, how to brief a case, judicial precedents and obiter dictum in Nigerian case law legislation. Students are also exposed to legal writing methods and approaches in essay…
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These refer to those inalienable rights enjoy by a human being, protected by local national and international Charter such as the Universal Declaration of Human Right, the African Charter on human and people, Rights (Ratification and Enforcement Act CAP 10 LFN 2004) and Chapter IV of the Nigerian Constitution


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History and Development of courts in Nigeria, Role of judiciary in Nigeria, Human Rights. Judicial Method of seeking Redress in court, Judicial personnel Types of courts in Nigeria, Independence Of the Judiciary ,legal Aid council ,judicial institutions ,appointment and tenure of judges .


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