THE CONCEPT OF DOMICILE IN NIGERIA

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THE CONCEPT OF DOMICILE IN NIGERIA

Abstract:

Domicile is an important concept in the determination of the personal affairs of an individual. Issues of legitimacy, legitimation, adoption, marriage and divorce, to mention a few, are all determined in accordance with the law of the domicile. Important as this concept is, Nigerian principles of domicile like other Nigerian rules of the conflict of laws, have continued to develop along the lines of the English conflict of laws. Although no legal system can develop independently without external influence, the need to de-emphasise such influence is paramount. It is the aim of this dissertation therefore to discuss the concept of domicile in the Nigerian conflict of Laws and make suggestions for the reform of those areas of the law of domicile which have remained tied to the English concept of domicile. It must be noted however that the need to depart from the English conception not only of domicile but of other areas of the Conflict of Laws cannot be over-emphasised in Nigeria today.

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