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Faculty of Law

Dean, Faculty of Law

Dean’s Welcome Message

Welcome to the Faculty of Law (FOL), National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

The Faculty took off officially in 2007 with the appointment of Professor Justus Adedeji Sokefun as Dean. The current Dean is Dr. Ernest Ogwashi Ugbejeh. The Faculty has four (4) Departments: Commercial Law, Private and Property Law, Jurisprudence and International Law, and Public Law.

Our distinguished and dedicated staff are committed to make a difference to the lives of our students, help them acquire requisite legal skills and to develop confidence and integrity. We are very proud of our graduates, past and present, who carry our commitment of diligence, excellence and positive change to the Society.


Public Law

Public law is the part of law that governs relations between legal persons and a government, between different institutions within a state, between different branches of governments, as well as relationships between persons that are of direct concern to society.

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Commercial Law

Commercial law, also known as mercantile law or trade law, is the body of law that applies to the rights, relations, and conduct of persons and business engaged in commerce, merchandising, trade, and sales. It is often considered to be a branch of civil law and deals with issues of both private law and public law.
Studying Commercial Law will give you an array of skills that are valued highly in business. It will develop your analytical and critical thinking skills, improve your written communication skills, and help you to think strategically about business opportunities and risks. Commercial law governs transactions between separate legal entities. It is the task of a commercial lawyer to investigate, identify, and act upon a wide variety of information relating to client activities.

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Private and Property Law

​Property rights provide the owner with the legal ownership of a resource. This is backed and enforced by the legal system as well as the protections government provides through law and order. It allows owners to freely use their resources however they see fit – with the comfort that their assets will be legally protected. For businesses, this means that they have the right to use their capital to produce goods without fear of loss. This is backed and enforced by the legal system and law and enforcement provided by the government.These property rights allow for a free and efficient market. By employing property rights, any disputes over economic resources are resolved in a peaceful and amicable way through the courts.The importance of property rights cannot be understated. It is one of the key cornerstones of a stable and prosperous economy.

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Jurisprudence & International Law

Jurisprudence, or legal theory, is the theoretical study of the propriety of law. Scholars of jurisprudence seek to explain the nature of law in its most general form and provide a deeper understanding of legal reasoning and analogy, legal systems, legal institutions, and the proper application and role of law in society whilst International law is an independent system of law existing outside the legal orders of particular states. It differs from domestic legal systems in a number of respects.

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