MIYETTI QUARTERLY LAW REVIEW (MQLR)

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(Vol 1, Issue 2)

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Miyetti Quarterly Law Review is published by Miyetti Research and Publication as a peer reviewed journal with the aim of advancing theoretical and practical insights into legal issues arising from the Nigerian Law, thereby making original contributions to legal knowledge. The articles are tailored to the Nigerian legal system with inter-disciplinary law practices in focus. It also seeks to publish articles that address from comparative perspective developments in other jurisdiction which are relevant in furtherance of legal scholarship in Nigeria.

Following on the articles received from the maiden edition of the Miyetti Quarterly Law Review, the Editorial Board is pleased to place a call for the next edition of the Journal. This edition intends to draw wide ranges of scholarly articles that are relevant to some critical sectors in Nigeria, namely:

  • Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Telecommunications;
  • Public/Private Partnership;
  • Public Procurement Law and Regulation;
  • Legal and contractual issues in oil and gas and renewable energy; and
  • Specialised arbitration in the context of the aforementioned themes.

The telecommunications sector in Nigeria has witnessed a series of development after its liberalisation and the existence of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) saddled with the responsibility to regulate the sector. The sector has attracted multibillion US Dollars investments. How should the telecommunication industry be regulated?  How is competition and consumer protection issues addressed in the sector? What should be the duties and obligations of the operators, subscribers and investors in the sector? These are some of the questions which this edition seeks for scholarly and practical insights into the law and practice of telecommunications law.

Another critical sector of the economy is the energy sector giving consideration to the fact that Nigeria is rich in oil and gas and renewable energy sources and it is paradoxical that it faces energy crises. The Nigerian oil and gas industry has in the past witnessed development since the discovery of oil in commercial quantities at Oloibiri, in the Niger Delta in 1956 and its first commercial shipment in 1958. There are a series of arrangements in the sector and the government mainly relies on the oil and gas sector as a means of foreign exchange and revenue. Huge investments have been made in the oil and gas sector under the framework of the law and contractual arrangements of the parties. The Petroleum Industry Bill which was brought before the National Assembly following the reforms in the oil and gas industry has not resulted into an Act that will revamp the sector. Amidst these developments is the push to diversify Nigeria’s energy resources by enhancing the promotion of renewable energy sources. This is seen as a means for the actualisation of energy security, economic development and climate change mitigation. Much is expected to be done in Nigeria in order to attract the needed investors and also set a detailed legal regime capable of addressing the barriers of inclusion of renewable energy in Nigeria’s energy mix. Contractual, commercial and fiscal issues will also need to be addressed within the context of Nigerian law and international best practices.

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The above sectors, as well as other sectors of the nation, will require the engagement of both the public sector and private sector. Public/private partnership is crucial to the development of these sectors and other key sectors of the Nigerian economy which may need to be coordinated within the framework of public procurement policies, laws and regulation. It is worthy of exploration to conduct legal inquiry into Build Operate and Transfer (BOT), Build Operate and Own (BOO), Rehabilitate Operate and Own (ROO) and Rehabilitate Operate and Transfer (ROT) schemes and their prospects in Nigeria. Therefore it is imperative that the realisation of the maximum potential in these areas of the economy will require robust relationship between the private sector and the government. Articles espousing scholarship in this field will be welcome, depicting the role of the law, contractual and regulatory regime.

Needless to say, the above issues will require a well-defined dispute resolution mechanism considering the magnitude of investments in place. Investors will be reluctant to participate in a sector that will open the floodgates of litigation. Exploring amicable settlement of disputes has been well recommended in the telecommunication sector, the energy sector as well as in projects pertaining to Private/public partnership and public procurements. Conducting arbitration within the framework of the national and international regimes cannot be overemphasised. Making Nigeria a hub for exploring specialist arbitration, calls for repositioning of the law and practice of arbitration. Therefore an enquiry into specialist domestic and international arbitral practices and jurisprudence will be a worthwhile exercise in this volume.

The Miyetti Quarterly Law Review hereby invites academics and practitioners to embark on incisive and scholarly contributions on legal issues arising from the above themes.

DEADLINE ‚Äď Articles should be sent as a word document to¬†editor@miyettiquarterlylawreview.com on or before 18¬†June,¬†2016.

Contributors should ensure that their articles are well edited in clear language and must conform to the submission guidelines. Only well edited Articles conforming to the guidelines attached will be considered for peer review.

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DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS

Articles should be sent as a word document to editor@miyettiquarterlylawreview.com on or before 18 June, 2016.