Soibi Godwin-Clark

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A barrister at law from Nigeria, with 19 years’ experience in Legal Services, Business Management and Administration, and Portfolio Management in the Legal and Financial Services Sectors. Specialization includes Contract and Commercial law, International Trade and Business Law.

I obtained my LL.B and LL.M degrees from The University of Buckingham (UK) and Kings College London (UK) in 1996 and 1998 respectively and qualified to practice as a Barrister of Law in Nigeria in 2000.

A Member, Strategic Management Association of Nigeria, the Nigerian Bar Association, Nigerian Association of Law Teachers and the Bar Association for Finance, Commerce & Industry United Kingdom.

I joined the National Open University of Nigeria as a Lecturer in 2011 and I am currently pursuing a PhD in Law with a focus on Disability Law.

A Christian and a worker in The Redeemed Christian Church of God, (City of David Parish) Lagos, Nigeria. I am married to Godwin a Financial Investment Consultant and we are blessed with five children.

Other interests include training care givers who handle children with special needs since 2008 and organising emergency relief materials for distribution to distress centers and IDP’s within Nigeria through volunteer organizations.

ABSTRACT

My research involves examining the role of the law in the protection of children with mental and intellectual disabilities in Nigeria. Every human being, regardless of age, gender or ability has certain enforceable Human Rights protected by both Domestic and International law. It is the duty of the state to provide legal protection of those rights. Where violation occurs, redress may be accessed through civil or criminal proceedings. The research examines legal provisions in Nigeria that establish, protect and implement the right of protection of children with mental and intellectual disabilities from violence and abuse and mechanisms put in place to ensure enforcement of legal provisions in compliance with state obligations. The concept of Justice applied and the impact of Legal pluralism on this protection in Nigeria which is a multi-ethnic, multicultural, multi-religious and economically diverse Federal State with three tiers of government are also examined.