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Mamman Lawan

Hello and Welcome!

I am from Yusufari in Nigeria. My PhD research is entitled “The Paradox of Underdevelopment amidst Oil in Nigeria: A Socio-Legal Explanation”. My supervisor is Prof Shaheen Ali. Dr Andrew Williams is my second supervisor.

I am basically looking at the question why Nigeria suffers from underdevelopment despite its huge oil resources. I offer corruption spurred by absence of rule of law in practice as an explanation. While the Nigerian Constitution has made adequate provisions consistent with good management of public resources and development, these provisions are observed in breach rather than in honour. One of the consequences of this breach is corruption which in turn affects development adversely.

In addition to my PhD research, I assist Prof Shaheen Ali in the teaching of her undergraduate course, An Introduction to Islamic Law, as a seminar tutor at the Warwick Law School. I am also part of a project team (led by Prof Ali) developing Islamic Law Curriculum, a project assisted by the UK Centre for Legal Education. I have co-authored two teaching and learning manuals (on Criminal law and family law) under the project.

Back home in Nigeria, I have been a lecturer in law at the Faculty of Law Bayero University Kano, Nigeria since 1995. I have also been the principal partner of a law firm in Kano, Mamman Lawan & Co. (Yusufari Chambers) since 1996.

I obtained LLB from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria in 1992; professional Bar qualification (Barrister-at-law, BL) from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, Nigeria in 1993; LLM from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1998; and LLM (Law in Development) from the University of Warwick, UK in 2004.

My research interests include Islamic law, Human Rights, and Law and Development. My published articles include Oral Testimony in Law & Shari’a (Ahmadu Bello University Law Journal, 1997); Application of Islamic law in Nigeria (Year Book of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, 1998); Sharia-based Reservations to CEDAW: A Tale of Two Worlds? (University of Maiduguri Law Journal, 2004); ASUU-Government Crisis: A Human Rights Perspective (FAIS Journal of Humanities, Bayero University, Kano, 2005). I have attended a number of local and international conferences and made presentations in some of them.

Please refer to my Curriculum Vitae for details.

Thank you.




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