Elijah Adewale Taiwo

junior fellow
EURIAS cohort 2011/2012
discipline Law
Assistant Professor in Law at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Research project

The Implementation of the Constitutional Right to Education in South Africa and Nigeria


The main focus of my research at NIAS is on the right to education. The right to education is an empowerment right in the sense that it is necessary for the exercise and enjoyment of many other human rights. Meaningful enjoyment of all human rights depends on a minimum level of education. Despite this obvious fact and the guarantee of the right to education in a number of important human rights instruments, the realisation of this right remains elusive especially in developing countries. 


Against this background, my research will focus on the realisation of the right to education in Africa with particular emphasis on two prominent African countries namely, Nigeria and South Africa. I will examine the nature and the content of the right to education; the nature of states’ obligations under international human rights law, as well as the concept of “the minimum core content’ with regards to the right to education. 


My research at NIAS will culminate in articles and textbook on the right to education which human rights and education advocates across the globe will find useful. Related and other topical constitutional and human rights issues will also be explored. 



Elijah Adewale Taiwo was born in Iwo-Ate, Nigeria, in 1970. He holds a LL.D. from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, in Port-Elizabeth. He is Assistant Professor in Law at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. His areas of specialization are Land and Property Law, Constitutional Law, Arbitration and Mediation.

Selected publications


Basic Concepts in Legal Research Methodology (A Practical Guide on writing Excellent Master’s and Doctoral Theses), St Paul’s Publishing House, Ibadan, 2011.


The Nigerian Land Law, Ababa Press Ltd, Ibadan, 2011.


'Executive Immunity under the Nigerian Constitution and Its Impact on the Government’s Anti-Corruption Crusade', East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights, Journal of the Human Rights and Peace Centre (HURIPEC) Faculty of Law, Makerere University, vol.16, no. 2, 2010, pp. 216-247.


The Regulatory Bodies, Academic Freedom and Institutional Autonomy in Africa: Issues and Challenges- Nigerian Example, Presented at the CODESRIA Conference on the theme “Academic Freedom and Social Responsibility of Academics and Researchers in Africa:What Are the New Challenges?’ Oran, 2010.


'Judicial Review of the Impeachment Procedure in Nigeria', Malawi Law Journal, vol. 3, no. 2, Malawi, 2009, pp.236-272.


'Enforcement of Fundamental Rights and the Standing Rules under the Nigerian Constitution: the Need for a more Liberal 3 Provision', African Human Rights Law Journal, Center for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, vol. 9, no. 2, 2009, pp. 546-575.


senior fellow
EURIAS promotion 2014/2015
Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS-KNAW)
discipline Political Science
senior fellow
EURIAS promotion 2011/2012
Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS-KNAW)
discipline Literature
junior fellow
EURIAS promotion 2018/2019
Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS-KNAW)
discipline Political Science
junior fellow
EURIAS promotion 2013/2014
Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS-KNAW)
discipline Anthropology