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Constitutionalism, human rights and the judiciary in Nigeria

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dc.contributor.advisor Mangu, André Mbata Betukumesu
dc.contributor.advisor Nnabue, U. B. A. Uzoukwu, Livinus Ifeanyichukwu 2010-09-01T12:42:10Z 2010-09-01T12:42:10Z 2010-06 2010-06
dc.identifier.citation Uzoukwu, Livinus Ifeanyichukwu (2010) Constitutionalism, human rights and the judiciary in Nigeria, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract The cultivation of a culture of constitutionalism remains the greatest challenge to Nigeria’s constitutional democracy. Militarism affected in a very substantial way Africa’s efforts to develop a culture of constitutionalism in the continent. Nigeria typifies the failed African effort in trying to establish an enduring democracy and constitutionalism. After ten years of transition from militarism to constitutional democracy and the euphoria of the country’s return to democracy, the country is still on a slow march in the entrenchment of the practice of constitutionalism. This work primarily sets out to investigate the state of constitutionalism in Nigeria. Human rights and judiciary as constituents of constitutionalism are the main focus of that investigation. A crucial question that encapsulates the main objective of the study is how can Nigeria entrench a culture of constitutionalism? The study, therefore, investigates the question whether constitutional formalism or textualism without more can guarantee constitutionalism. It advocates that constitutionality does not necessarily lead to constitutionalism. The work further probes into the nature, extent and reasons for the past failure of constitutionalism in the country and its current state. The study also embarks on an exploration into the mechanisms for the protection of human rights, the problems and challenges in Nigeria. The challenges include the introduction of the “new Sharia” by some States in Nigeria; the failure to accord socio-economic rights due consideration in Nigerian jurisprudence and the poor pace of the domestication of human rights norms. The work demonstrates the relationship and linkage between human rights, democracy and judicialism in the study of constitutionalism. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiii, 366 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Communalism en
dc.subject Constitutionalism en
dc.subject Fundamental rights en
dc.subject Human rights en
dc.subject International law en
dc.subject Judiciary en
dc.subject Treaties en
dc.subject.ddc 342.850669
dc.subject.lcsh Constitutional law -- Nigeria
dc.subject.lcsh Human rights -- Nigeria
dc.subject.lcsh Civil rights -- Nigeria
dc.subject.lcsh Judicial power -- Nigeria
dc.title Constitutionalism, human rights and the judiciary in Nigeria en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Public Constitutional and International Law LL.D.

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