Volume 1 | Issue 1

Editor’s Note

On behalf of the Faculty of Law at the University of The Gambia, it is with satisfaction and appreciation that I welcome each reader to the Volume 1, Issue 1 of the Gambia Law Review (GLR). You are invited to read every innovative, dynamic piece at length, to select those articles of most interest, and to make use of these written discussions to fuel your own – this legal journal is for you. The process of creating the GLR has continually advanced and adapted over the year that it has been established, and its output as a freely accessible, online publication is the result of substantial, collaborative advisory efforts. The GLR distinctly represents the University of The Gambia and the nation as a publication that champions Gambian and international authorship, ranging from senior legal academics to law students to legal practitioners, and includes creative submissions that build an altogether vigorous law review – the first of its kind.

All thoughts expressed in each article are the author’s own, and our publication does not equal endorsement. Yet, we wholly support the pan-African legal perspectives and ‘New Gambia’ focuses that are achieved through the collection of their contributions. Issue 1 of the GLR has endeavoured to create a platform from which extensive insight on topics varying from albinism to the music industry, legal education to genocide can be expressed critically, to propel further Gambian and international conversations. As the ‘New Gambia’ is reinstated, this inaugural publication is one timely compilation of significant legal, literary contributions. Moreover, our vision for this journal is to increase the Gambia’s academic presence within the international legal arena.

As such, you are all welcome here. This first issue centres upon multiple concerns and relevant subject matters from predominantly West African, legal perspectives. Some conclude with specific application to the ‘New Gambia’, whilst others extend their ideas more broadly. Personal experiences are highlighted amidst comparative analyses, and reflections on current issues are problematized amongst existing literature. The GLR is pioneering and evolving, experimental and diversified.

Welcome to the first issue – may you find each entry highly informative, entertaining and thought-provoking, and may it encourage your mind, research and imagination.

With much gratitude,

Emily Littlehales




GLR Volume 1 | Issue 1 hosts current articles and commentaries that have been categorised into 4 main themes:  the right to free speech, the right to education, reform, and contemporary concerns. Furthermore, the publication has been compiled to showcase the pieces by topic and jurisdiction, as each section begins with articles that focus upon the ‘New Gambia’, and then complementary submissions that contemplate West Africa more generally are placed. Thus, consistency and flow are well-established for readership.

This release can be found per section under the 2018 Issue tab above. Please find the contents of our inaugural publication listed below:

Right to Free Speech

  • Reinvigorating Freedom of Expression in Gambia Post-Jammeh by Aaron Olaniyi Salau
  • ECOWAS Court Judgment Against the Gambia: A Step Forward and a Step Backward by David Abraham
  • A Fine Balance: Assessing Restrictions on Freedom of Expression at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights by Oliver Windridge

Right to Education

  • Legal Aid and Access to Justice in The New Gambia: A Case for Strengthening the Implementation of the Legal Aid Act by Christopher F. Gray
  • The Type of Lawyers Africa Needs: Lessons for The Gambia by David Ike
  • Law Clinic Commentary by Fanta Jawara
  • Towards Participation of Hearing-Impaired Learners from the South: Implications of Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by Ngozi Chuma Umeh


i) Government

  • Africa, the International Criminal Court and the Future of Prosecuting International Crimes in Africa: Re-examining a Frosty Relationship by Henry Alisigwe and Chimere Arinze Obodo
  • Electoral Reforms, Good Governance and Sustainable Development in Nigeria by Hanafi, A. Hammed
  • An Examination of the Doctrine of Implied and Inherent Power of the National Government and the Residual Power of State in a Federation: Two Doctrines in Perpetual Conflict by Shittu A. Bello, Dr Simon O. Abifarin, Joseph Ayo Babalola and N.O.A. Ijaiya
  • The Scope and Extent of the Immunity of Heads of State and Government under International Human Rights Law: A Brief Analysis of the House of Lords Judgement in the Pinochet Extradition Case by Dr Senghore

 ii) Finance

  • The Perils of Sovereign Debts on the Progressive Realisation of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Gambia by Sainey Bah
  • Legal Framework for Recovery of Proceeds of Crime in Nigeria and Gambia: A Critique by Okorie Chimezie Kingsley
  • Financial Reporting as a Corporate Governance Tool for Strengthening Corporate Business in Developing Economies: Lessons from Nigeria by Udu, Eseni Azu
  • A Comparative Analysis of Financial Assistance to States by the Central Government in Nigeria and America by Olufemi Abifarin, Joseph Ayo Babalola, J.O. Olatoke and E.A Adesina

Contemporary Concerns

  • Copyright Infringements and the Gambian Music Industry by Nasiru D.B. Deen
  • Women’s Rights and National Development in the ‘New Gambia’: A Comparative Study of the Gambian and Nigerian Constitutions by Esther Aristides
  • An Appraisal of the Legal Framework on Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) in Nigeria by Shedrack Ekpa and Friday Okpanachi
  • Was Genocide Committed against the Igbo Nation of South Eastern Nigeria during the Civil War? The Law of Genocide on Trial by D.F. Atidoga and Abubakar, Ishaq
  • African Mythology and the Violation of Life and Dignity of Albino Minorities in Nigeria by Aloy Ojilere
  • An African’s Lament by Foluke Ifejola Adebisi
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