The Case Against Unjust Laws – THISDAYLIVE

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By Kayode Komolafe

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By KAYODE KOMOLAFE

Reasoning is central to the understanding of justice even in a world which contains much “unreason”; indeed, it may be particularly important in such a world – Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen in his book, The Idea of Justice

As lawyers converge on Lagos, it may be apposite to draw attention to extant laws that are unjust. Some of these laws hardly feature when law reforms take place. The existence of these oppressive legislations provides the basis for those with authoritarian impulse to invoke the law against those with whom they have a disagreement of views.
The “essential services” provisions of the Trade Disputes Act (as amended) fall into this category of laws.

There have been some illiberal calls to invoke the law because of the recent strikes of university teachers, electricity workers, health workers and others. The workers are considered to be rendering…



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