2019 • 1 month • On Nigeria
The Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (CSLS) is a non-governmental organization working on criminal justice reform and anti-corruption in Nigeria. This grant enables staff of CSLS and staff of Foundation grantees in the MacArthur-supported Criminal Justice cohort to travel to Brisbane, Australia to participate in the Conference of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law on the theme: Bribery and Corruption-Modern Approaches to an Eternal Problem. The conference is intended to sharpen the knowledge of participants by educating them on modern approaches to the problem of bribery and corruption. These lessons will improve the cohort's program implementation efforts.
2017 • 3 years • On Nigeria
The Centre for Socio-Legal Studies is a nonprofit organization in Nigeria, established to promote reform in the justice sector, advance rule of law, protect human rights, and deepen democracy. With this award, CSLS is deepening criminal justice reform, and fast-tracking the prosecution of high profile corruption cases in Nigeria. Specific project activities include providing technical support for the Chief Justice's Monitoring Committee and the Heads of Courts; convening interactive capacity building seminars for appellate court judges; training investigators and improving witness participation in high profile corruption cases; and improving the operational capacity of the Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring Committee. These efforts are expected to improve expediency in the handling of high profile corruption cases by reducing opportunities for delays in proceedings, and reversal of trial court decisions due to improved understanding of the ACJA by appellate judges.
2015 • 2 years, 5 months • On Nigeria
The Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (CSLS) was established in 2006 to promote reform in the justice sector, advance rule of law, protect human rights, and deepen democracy. With this award, CSLS is providing technical assistance to agencies responsible for implementation of the reform measures embodied in the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015. CSLS is developing an implementation strategy for the Act, conducting needs assessment of the implementing agencies, preparing training and implementation manuals, and educating the public about the Act. The ultimate outcome of this project is efficient management and quick dispensation of criminal justice cases including those on corruption.
2012 • 3 years • Human Rights
The purpose of the grant to the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies is to facilitate the provision of technical assistance to the Panel on Justice Sector Reform established by the Ministry of Justice to coordinate and drive the implementation of initiatives developed over the past 12 years for the reform of the justice sector. The grantee will undertake a comprehensive study to determine the status of all justice reform initiatives with a view to harmonizing them for adoption. The Centre will organize consultations between the Panel, civil society organizations, legislators, judiciary, police, and prisons, and make recommendations to policymakers for adoption and implementation.
2010 • 1 year • Human Rights
To consolidate justice sector reform.
2009 • 1 year • Human Rights
To improving judicial protection of human rights.
2008 • 1 year • Human Rights
To document the status of justice sector reform, human rights, and juvenile justice in Nigeria.