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32 Ariz. J. Int'l & Comp. L. 371 (2015)
The Use of International Law in the Domestic Courts of Ghana and Nigeria

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THE  USE  OF  INTERNATIONAL LAW IN THE DOMESTIC COURTS OF
                         GHANA   AND   NIGERIA

                            Christian N. Okeke

                            TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. INTRODUCTION          ........................................ ........372
   A. Traditional Western View of International Law: Eurocentrism ................372
   B. Distorted Western View of Africa  ........................................374

II. THE COLONIAL AND COMMON   LAW BACKGROUNDS   OF GHANA  AND NIGERIA
   .........................................................378
   A. The Colonial Experiences of Ghana and Nigeria .............. .....378
   B. The Common  Law  Origins of Ghana       ......................  ......381
   C. The Common  Law  Traditions of Nigeria .........................384

III. HISTORICAL ANALYSIS OF GHANA'S AND NIGERIA'S PARTICIPATION IN AND
   CONTRIBUTIONS  TO INTERNATIONAL LAW      ..................... ........386
   A. Pre-colonial Period......................................386
   B. Colonial Period........................................388

IV. GHANA AND  NIGERIA TODAY.....................................389
   A. Ghana and Contemporary International Law..........    ............389
      1. Membership of International Bodies............ ...................389
      2. Ghanaian Constitution and International Law .......   ............395
      3. A Monist and a Dualist Assessment of Ghana's Approach to
        International Law .........................................398
   B. Nigeria and Contemporary International Law ............. ...............400
      1. Membership of International Bodies ................ .............400
      2. Nigerian Constitution and International Law.......  ..............405
      3. A Monist and a Dualist Assessment of Nigeria's Approach to
        International Law ......................      ...................407
   C. Ghanaian Courts and International Law..........................408
      1. Introduction.............................................408
      2. Application of International Law in Litigation ..................409
   D. Nigerian Courts and International Law........   ...................415
      1. Introduction..............................................415


        Professor of International and Comparative Law, Director, International
Programs & Director, Sompong Sucharitkul Center for Advanced International Legal
Studies, Golden Gate University School of Law, Pro Chancellor and Chairman of the
Governing Council, Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Nigeria. I am indebted to Dr.
Eustace Chikere Azubuike for his research contribution and helpful comments. I take
responsibility for all opinions and errors.

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