Dr Austin Chinhengo
Senior Lecturer
Legal Studies
Telephone: (01792) 602371
Room: Office - 107a
First Floor
Richard Price Building
Singleton Campus


  • LAA335 Jurisprudence

    Jurisprudence involves the investigation of key questions relating to the nature of law, its role and purpose in society and its relationship to other social phenomena such as morality, politics and economics. Law, in general, is an intrusive element in the lives of individual citizens, requiring them to act in certain ways which they may not wish, prohibiting them from doing certain things which they may desire, and punishing them, sometimes quite severely, if they fail or refuse to abide by its rules. The law is a powerful instrument wielded by a select number of members of society, and as such, it may be susceptible to abuse and misuse to the detriment of general social welfare and individual personal well-being. For this reason, it is essential for any legal student, practitioner, adjudicator, policy-maker and legislator to have a clear appreciation of the manner in which the law operates as an instrument of social control and social engineering, to be able to determine its scope and limits, and to be able to evaluate its actual and potential consequences. The study of Jurisprudence enables the student to take a step back from the individual legal subjects and the black letter of the law, to consider the nature of law in general, to analyse how its various branches, institutions and rules develop and interact, and to be able to have a coherent overview of the nature, purpose, goals and impact of their chosen discipline and profession


  • HLA Hart and Nigerian Jurisprudence (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew Iwobi
    Other supervisor: Dr Austin Chinhengo