DEATH OF LOCUS STANDI AND THE REBIRTH OF PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION IN THE ENFORCEMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN NIGERIA: FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS (ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURE) RULES 2009 IN FOCUS

Authors

  • Raheem Kolawole Salman Nigerian Law School, Lagos. Nigeria
  • F.J Oniekoro Nigerian Law School, Enugu, Nigeria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.31436/iiumlj.v23i1.127

Keywords:

locus standi, fundamental rights, enforcement, public interest litigation

Abstract

One of the various mechanisms put in place in order to address human rights abuses in Nigeria is the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules 1979. However, the Rules were punctuated with different challenges and defects ranging from the problems of locus standi to unacceptability of public interest litigation. In an attempt to address this problem, the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules 2009 was enacted. This article engages in a critical assessment of the 2009 Rules with a view to ascertaining the extent to which the Rules have come to cure the 1979 Rules. The article begins with a critical examination of defects inherent in the 1979 Rules. It goes further to x-ray the developments brought by the 2009 Rules. The article posits that the 2009 Rules have come as a leverage to problems which have, in the past, denied many litigants the opportunity to enforce their rights and claim compensation. It concludes that if properly implemented, the 2009 Rules will phase out the identified defects and strengthen public interest litigation in the areas of human rights enforcement.

Author Biography

Raheem Kolawole Salman, Nigerian Law School, Lagos. Nigeria

Associate Professor

Depatment of Professional Ethics and Skills,

Nigerian Law School

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Published

2015-05-15

How to Cite

Salman, R. K., & Oniekoro, F. (2015). DEATH OF LOCUS STANDI AND THE REBIRTH OF PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION IN THE ENFORCEMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN NIGERIA: FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS (ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURE) RULES 2009 IN FOCUS. IIUM Law Journal, 23(1). https://doi.org/10.31436/iiumlj.v23i1.127