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Title:Enforcement of fundamental rights and the standing rules under the Nigerian Constitution: a need for a more liberal provision
Author:Taiwo, Elijah AdewaleISNI
Periodical:African Human Rights Law Journal (ISSN 1609-073X)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:access to justice
constitutional law
Abstract:This article explores the scope of standing rules in section 46 of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria. It is observed that the section contains a restrictive and narrow provision on locus standi. The article finds that this narrow provision has the regressive effect of limiting access to court and it invariably constitutes an impediment or constraint on the enforcement of fundamental human rights in the country. Many common law countries, such as England, Australia, Canada, India and South Africa, have jettisoned this anachronistic position on standing for a more liberal and expansive interpretation. In contrast, the Nigerian Constitution still maintains restrictive and outdated rules of standing. This is inconceivable at a time like this when other common law jurisdictions are enthusiastically adopting a liberal approach to the concept. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]