ABOUT NIALS - The Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) was established in March 1979, as Nigeria’s apex institution for research and advanced studies in law. The Institute is also accredited to offer Mandatory Continuing Legal Education for Lawyers. In fulfilment of its mandate, it organises national and international seminars, symposia, conferences, workshops and lectures on any branch of law and related subjects.
ABOUT THE COURSE- Consumer protection and competition law and policy are of strategic importance to all businesses in particular and to every economy in general. Thus, the performance of the economy significantly affects the consumer interest. More importantly, given the disparity that exists between the consumer and the producer class, there arises the more compelling need to protect the consumer. There are as many consumers as there are numerous goods and services.
Given the complexity of issues involved in managing divergent interests in the production and consumption of goods and services, it has become absolutely necessary to introduce this training course which aims at the following objectives:
- a. To engender an enhanced and greater knowledge and understanding of consumer rights and the issues bothering the consumer in general.
- b. To introduce the participants to the basics of competition law and policy in an economy, its importance in an emerging economy and its interface with consumer protection.
- c. To x-ray sector specific issues of concern for the consumer and the regulatory checks put in place in relation thereto.
- d. To expose participants to the legal, theory and policy issues of concerns and perspectives of consumer protection.
- e. To expose the participants to the rationale, philosophy, prospects and challenges of consumer protection.
- f. To ensure a greater appreciation and understanding of the imperatives of the consumer, producer and the regulator Trinitarian relationship.
- g. To equip participants expected to cut across consumer associations, producers and industry regulators with international best practices for consumer protection in an emerging market driven economy like Nigeria.
TARGET PARTICIPANTS - Consumer issues bother everybody just as much as there are uncountable goods and services to be consumed. There are numerous private and public bodies/agencies whose activities one way or the other have a bearing on, or affect the consumer whose staff therefore need proper knowledge, training, skill and orientation. Some of these bodies include but not limited to the following:
- a. Consumer Protection Council (and State Committees where they exist)
- b. National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)
- c. Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON)
- d. Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC)
- e. Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)
- f. Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)
- g. Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)
- h. Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS)
- i. Consumer Interest Groups
- j. Academia
- k. National Biotechnology Agency
- l. Federal and State Ministries of Health
- m. Federal Ministry of Transport
- n. Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (especially Department of Weight and Measures)
- o. Petroleum Product pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), etc
TOPICS TO BE TREATED
- 1. General introduction to Consumer protection Law and Policy
- 2. General Introduction to Competition to Competition Law and Policy
- 3. Interface Between Consumer protection and Competition Law
- 4. The Rationale for Consumer Protection
- 5. Institutional Framework for consumer Protection in Nigeria
- 6. Consumer Protection and the question of the Liability Regime Liability Regime
- 7. Consumer Remedies.
- 8. Consumer Interest Groups and Self-Regulation: Problems and Prospects
- 9. Judicial Attitude to Consumer Protection
- 10. Globalisation and Consumer Protection
COURSE SCHEDULE - The Course is scheduled to hold as follows:
- Venue: Ayo Ajomo Auditorium, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of Lagos Akoka
- Date: Postponed
- Time: 9.00 am daily (Registration will commence at 8:30am on Postponed).
WORKSHOP FEE - The Course Fee is N120, 000 (one hundred and twenty thousand naira only). The fee is inclusive of VAT and WHT and covers course materials, tea and lunch only. For information on how to make payment, kindly visit http://nials.edu.ng/index.php/courses/remita-payment-guide .
REGISTRATION - Pre-registration of this Course is necessary. To register please fill the registration form below.