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JURITRUST Centre for Socio-Legal Research and Documentation

Abuja, Nigeria
  • Grants
    4
  • Total Awarded
    $2,628,900
  • Years
    2020 - 2023
  • Categories
    On Nigeria

Grants

2023 (1 year)
$1,800,000

JURITRUST Centre for Socio-Legal Research and Documentation (JURITRUST) is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting socio-legal reforms through education and empirical and applied research on law and social norms. With a previous award, JURITRUST improved the competency of magistrates and high court judges in trying corruption cases on the core provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) and its state equivalents (ACJLs), as well as complementary anti-corruption laws. With this final legacy award, JURITRUST seeks to institutionalize criminal justice reform efforts by establishing the Administration of Criminal Justice Learning Centre. The learning center is a physical space that provides resources for law students, lawyers, judges, and researchers. It also develops a repository of administration of criminal justice-related materials (online and hardcopies) and produces journals and other publications. JURITRUST also trains and mentors law students and young lawyers, including those from marginalized groups. Lastly, JURITRUST enhances its organizational strength to institutionalize the criminal justice reform agenda undertaken with the On Nigeria program. It coordinates implementation of the project with the criminal justice cohort and other Foundation grantees. This award is part of a package of three legacy grants to the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, JURITRUST, and Legal Defence and Assistance Project. These awards contribute to On Nigeria’s criminal justice strategy that seeks to institutionalize ACJA, ACJL, and Anti-Corruption Agencies’ tools and methods that will sustain criminal justice reform long after On Nigeria exits the field.

2022 ( 3 months)
$28,900

Established in 2017, JURITRUST Centre for Socio-Legal Research and Documentation (JURITRUST) is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting socio-legal reforms through empirical and applied research on law and social norms in Nigeria. With this X-Grant, JURITRUST is organizing an inaugural 3-day conference of Sub-Saharan African criminal justice stakeholders in Abuja, Nigeria, from October 10-14, 2022. The award is expected to improve the knowledge of criminal justice stakeholders towards reformation of the justice system in Nigeria.

2021 (1 year 6 months)
$50,000

JURITRUST Centre for Socio-Legal Research and Documentation (JURITRUST) is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting socio-legal reforms through empirical and applied research on law and social norms in Nigeria. The award supports JURITRUST to conduct research on understanding the specific behaviors and norms that are responsible for corruption in the judiciary. Under the award, JURITRUST convenes a methodology workshop to develop survey questions for respondents in 20 states across Nigeria: Ogun, Lagos, Ondo, Bornu, Ekiti, Yobe, Kano, Kaduna, Enugu, Anambra, Cross Rivers and Delta, Adamawa, Rivers and Kwara, Plateau, Bauchi, Edo, Sokoto, and Rivers States, and the Federal Capital Territory (the capital city of Nigeria, Abuja). It also receives technical assistance from the Behavioral Insights Team in the preparation and testing of the survey questions that is designed to provide useful data on location-specific behavioral mappings, and key influencing factors that encourage corruption. This research is expected to gather and analyze data on social, ethnic, and cultural factors that influence or discourage judicial corruption in Nigeria.

2020 (3 years)
$750,000

Established in 2017, the JURITRUST Centre for Socio-Legal Research and Documentation (JURITRUST) is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting socio-legal reforms through empirical and applied research on law and social norms. With this award, JURITRUST will organize fora and workshops for magistrates and high court judges on the Administration of Criminal Justice Act/Laws (ACJA and ACJL) and complementary anti-corruption laws; facilitate leadership and mentoring programs for judicial officers and magistrates on change strategies; standardize and harmonize all existing ACJA training manuals and tools for legal professionals; engage the National Judicial Institute in reforming and institutionalizing its curriculum and teaching techniques on the ACJA; and publish briefs on application and implementation of the ACJA and complementary anti-corruption laws. This award is part of a package of six grants contributing to On Nigeria’s criminal justice strategy that seeks to strengthen and deepen the legal framework for prosecuting criminal cases through implementation of the ACJA and ACJL.