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The Nigerian Law Dissertations and Theses Database (NLDTD)

The Nigerian Law Dissertations and Theses Database (NLDTD) will be a unique collection of successfully completed doctoral (PhD) and Masters (MPhil, LLM, MA, etc) Theses and Dissertations (advanced legal research projects) topics and abstracts relating to any aspect of Nigerian law, irrespective of the school where it was carried out (whether in Nigerian universities or in any university overseas). Where the abstract of a thesis or dissertation not yet available, its topic only is included in the Database.

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UNITED KINGDOM – UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND

Author: Leesi Ebenezer Mitee

Title: Public Access to Legislation and Its Inherent Human Rights: A Comparative Study of the United Kingdom and Nigeria 2006 (LLM)

Abstract

The doctrine that ignorance of the law is no excuse, because everybody is presumed to know the law, casts a parallel duty on every Government to guarantee adequate provision of public access to legislation. Technological, economic, and socio-cultural factors pose the formidable challenge of performing that duty. This study aims to articulate systematically the emerging doctrine of public access to legislation, with particular emphasis on its inherent human rights; to evaluate critically its implementation in the United Kingdom and Nigeria, using a comparative approach; and to propose functional initiatives for improvement and reform in both jurisdictions and on the global level. It is limited to textual access, with only brief references to intelligible and organisational access. The comparative law research method advocated by Professor Reitz was used. Relevant field surveys were conducted for purposes of ascertaining the available means of providing public access to legislation in both jurisdictions. In addition, the researcher developed a model for generating quantitative assessment in comparative law methodology. The major human rights inherent in public access to legislation are the right of access to public information, right to education, right to indigenous languages, disability rights, and right of access to public service and participation in public affairs. The United Kingdom has recorded significant progress as opposed to Nigeria, where public access to legislation is virtually non-existent, which suggests the likelihood of this trend between some developed and developing countries, based on objective parameters. Many countries are likely to benefit from the numerous national and global initiatives proposed for enhancing public access to legislation, which include creation of the right of access to legislation as a new human right and amendment of Article 2(4) of the Berne Convention to encourage the exemption of copyright from legislation and other Government works.

 

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