Engaging with Qualifying Principles in Nigerian Contract Law

  • Ada OrdorEmail author
  • Ngozi Oluchukwu Odiaka


The principles of Contract law are among the oldest firmly established principles of law across legal systems generally. This is no different in Nigerian Contract law which is substantively based on longstanding common law principles. Over time, however, the claims of various normative paradigms have contributed to the reshaping, in some respects, of the formal body of law recognised as the law of contract. These influential paradigms include employment rights ethos, the imperative of consumer protection and the pluralism presented by the prior claims of customary law. These, rather than the Constitution simpliciter, are among the key agents that influence, inform, define and redefine the direction of legal development. This chapter specifically discusses a number of considerations that have been introduced to Contract law principles in Nigeria in ways that qualify the operation of these principles. These developments are identified in public service employment, consumer protection and customary law. Although the common law foundation of formal Nigerian Contract law remains intact, it is interesting, instructive and important to note how the superstructure may have altered over time in response to these agents of change. This exploration is what this chapter undertakes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Commercial Law, Faculty of LawUniversity of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa
  2. 2.College of LawAfe Babalola UniversityAdo-EkitiNigeria

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