• The Department at a Glance
  • 2018 Activities
  • Law Information Briefs
  • Legal Issue Briefs
  • 2018 Quarterly Reports
  • Staff

The Department at a Glance

The Department of Legislative Support Services is one of the core departments of the Institute and is responsible for discharging the core responsibilities of the Institute and providing legislative assistance to members of the legislature. The Department is headed by a Director with two divisions headed by Deputy Directors. The Department has a team of Researchers and Legislative Drafters responsible for providing legislative services to the National Assembly, State Houses of Assemblies and ECOWAS Parliament.

The core functions of the two Divisions of the Department, Legal Research Division and Bills and Legislative Drafting Division, are as highlighted below. Both departments aside these core functions also undertake adhoc assignments relating to the review and reform of our laws.

Legal Research - Functions
  • Legal and Legislative Research
  • Writing of Research Papers
  • Bill and Policy Analysis
  • Providing and operating legislative databank
  • Conducting Training and Seminars
Bills and Legislative Drafting - Functions
  • Drafting of Bills, Motions and Briefs of Argument
  • Bill Analysis and Scrutiny
  • Legislative Research
  • Legislative suport services to the legislature including the Committees
  • Conduct of Departmental Trainings and Seminars

Legislative Databank Book Reviews

2018 Activities

Departmental Seminar Series

The Department held two seminars, and papers were presented on the following topics:

Papers Presented
  • Domesticating International Treaties in Nigeria: Examination of Requirments and Roles of the Legislature under the 1999 constitution Chukwuka Onyeaku
  • Novelties and Perplexities of Plea Bargain in the Administratin of Criminal Justice in Nigeria: The Role of the Legislature - Samuel Oguche
  • Policy Paper on Farmers / Herders Clashes: Exploring Legislation Options in Curbing the Menace - Dr. Bethel Ihugba, Doris Aaron
  • The Constitutionality of the Deployment of Troops as Law Enforcement Agents within States
  • An Appraisal of Constitutional Alteration Process in Nigeria: 7th and 8th Assemblies and the Role of the Legislative Aides in the Process
  • Towards an Independent Law Reform Agency in Nigeria: A Cross-Country Review

Departmental Training Workshop Series

In the first quarter of the year, two in-house training sessions were conducted for staff of the department as outlined below:

  • A three day Training workshop for Staff of Legislative Support Service on Legislative Drafting and Legal Research that held at NILDS Board Room from 29th to 31st January, 2018
  • A one day Training workshop for Staff of Legislative Support Services Techniques in Policy Paper and Brief Writing and How to prepare and Write a Publishable Academic Paper in the Legal Research Discipline. Held at NILDS Board Room on 15th Day of March, 2018
Papers Presented
  • Introduction to Legal Research for Policy Papers and Briefs - Prof. M.T. Ladan
  • Introduction to Legislative Drafting - Dr. Tonye Jaja
  • Methods of Drafting Amending Legislation and Exercises - Dr. Tonye Jaja
  • Context in draft and construction of statutes in Nigeria - Mr. Muhammed Etudaiye
  • Law reform and law making process - Prof. Edoba Omoregie
  • Techniques in legislative drafting - Dr. Shuaibu Danwanka

Law Information Briefs

Briefs

Legal Issue Briefs

2018 Quarterly Reports

Staff


Head, Legal Research Division

Senior Research Fellow

Research Fellow I

Research Fellow II

Research Fellow II

Research Fellow II

Legal Research Officer

Legal Research Officer

Legal Research Officer

Legal Research Officer

Legal Research Officer

Departmental Output


Month Activity No of Outputs Total Monthly Output
June BILLS DRAFTED
BILL ANALYSIS
BILL SCRUTINY
DRAFTED MOTIONS
BRIEF OF ARGUMENT
COMMITTEE REPORTS
LEAD DEBATES
POLICY BRIEFS
ISSUE BRIEFS
PUBLIC HEARING
TECHNICAL REPORTS
BOOK REVIEW
IN-HOUSE DEPARTMENTAL TRAINING
DEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR SERIES
RESEARCH REPORTS
18
6
2
9
NIL
NIL
2
1
NIL
NIL
1
16
NIL
NIL
1
56
May BILLS DRAFTED
BILL ANALYSIS
BILL SCRUTINY
DRAFTED MOTIONS
BRIEF OF ARGUMENT
COMMITTEE REPORTS
LEAD DEBATES
POLICY BRIEFS
ISSUE BRIEFS
PUBLIC HEARING
TECHNICAL REPORTs
BOOK REVIEW
IN-HOUSE DEPARTMENTAL TRAINING
DEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR SERIES
RESEARCH REPORTS
18
19
5
5
1
NIL
NIL
1
1
1
NIL
NIL
NIL
NIL
NIL
51
April BILLS DRAFTED
BILL ANALYSIS
BILL SCRUTINY
DRAFTED MOTIONS
BRIEF OF ARGUMENT
COMMITTEE REPORTS
LEAD DEBATES
POLICY BRIEFS
ISSUE BRIEFS
PUBLIC HEARING
TECHNICAL REPORTs
BOOK REVIEW
IN-HOUSE DEPARTMENTAL TRAINING
DEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR SERIES
RESEARCH REPORTS
42
40
8
5
6
1
NIL
NIL
NIL
NIL
NIL
NIL
NIL
NIL
NIL
102
March BILLS DRAFTED
BILL ANALYSIS
BILL SCRUTINY
DRAFTED MOTIONS
BRIEF OF ARGUMENT
COMMITTEE REPORTS
LEAD DEBATES
IN-HOUSE DEPARTMENTAL TRAINING
DEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR SERIES
11
24
5
12
2
1
1
1
1
58
February BILLS DRAFTED
BILL ANALYSIS
BILL SCRUTINY
DRAFTED MOTIONS
DEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR SERIES
15
65
5
2
1
68
January BILLS DRAFTED
BILL ANALYSIS
BILL SCRUTINY
DRAFTED MOTIONS
IN-HOUSE DEPARTMENTAL TRAINING
8
41
15
5
1
70