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Adedayo Akingbade


Thesis Title : ‘Assessing Nigeria’s Obligations to Protect Repatriated Victims of Sex Trafficking’


I am from Nigeria and prior to beginning a doctoral research, I have practised law in Nigeria and completed a Master’s degree (LL.M) at the University of Dundee, Scotland. Presently, the title of my research is: ‘Assessing Nigeria’s Obligations to Protect Repatriated Victims of Sex Trafficking’. My other research interests include Transnational Criminal Law, Public International law and International Human Rights Law. 


Reprehensible trade in human beings (human trafficking) remains an affront to human dignity. To address the scourge of human trafficking, the member states of the United Nations have adopted the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children. The Protocol, also known as the Palermo Protocol supplements the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. Essentially, the Palermo Protocol utilizes a ‘three-pronged approach’ to human trafficking and they are known as the ‘three Ps’: Criminalization of trafficking and Prosecution of traffickers, Prevention programmes and Protection of victims of trafficking.

The focus of my research is on States’ obligations under public international law and international human rights law to protect victims of trafficking. Specifically, the research is critically assessing Nigeria’s obligations to protect repatriated victims of sex trafficking through the lens of the due diligence principle. The aim is to give a new meaning to the obligation to protect victims of trafficking and promote a holistic approach to protection.


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