OJPP  Vol.3 No.1 A , February 2013
A Theoretical Foundation for Understanding Law Subjects and Rights in Igbo Philosophy of Law
Abstract: This paper attempts to respond to a call to find an ontological basis for establishing African legal theory. The African world of my choice is the Igbo world of South-east Nigeria. It is a world I want to examine to see how its material and theoretical structures help articulate a philosophy of law in terms of projecting a consistent understanding of law subjects and the foundations of their rights. The article builds on the contributions of F. U. Okafor and his many African critics.
Cite this paper: Njoku, F. (2013). A Theoretical Foundation for Understanding Law Subjects and Rights in Igbo Philosophy of Law. Open Journal of Philosophy, 3, 255-263. doi: 10.4236/ojpp.2013.31A041.

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