Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Law (SJD)



First Advisor

Christian Okeke

Second Advisor

Sompong Sucharitkul

Third Advisor

Jon Sylvester


Many governments all over the world have enacted laws and regulations to promote and protect the rights of women and female children. A lot of laws have been put in theory to give women equality with men. In reality or practice, many women all over the world still find it difficult to realize their rights. This study attempts to look at how far the laws on women rights, that is the law in books has become the law in practice/reality in many African states with Nigeria as a case study. This study acknowledges that in theory many African states have tried to change the statute books to accord women some level of equality with men but at the same time a look at the practice of the law in many African states shows a different pattern of law. There is a big disconnect between women's theoretical rights and the reality or practice of the theory.

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