Nigeria Community Paralegals: Recognition & Financing


This research brief is part of a series that reviews the nature of the work undertaken by community paralegals, and the extent to which that work is recognized or funded by government. In Nigeria, Paralegals are provided some formal recognition under Nigeria’s Legal Aid Act of 2011. Paralegals operate mostly in civil matters. The first briefs published for…

Application of the Freedom of Information Act 2011 in the Nigerian Petroleum Sector

Barr. Chima Williams,

This resource is prepared to give an insight into the Nigerian Freedom of Information Act 2011 and how it can be deployed in prying open the enclosed Nigerian Petroleum sector which has been roundly declared as being opaque and thereby encouraging the non transparent and accountable practices in the sector. With the recommendations made, it…

Balanced Justice and Donor Programs: Lessons from Three Regions of the World

Dr. Linn Hammergren,

Donor organizations have been supporting justice strengthening programs for nearly twenty-five years. Over the past decade, there have been criticisms of these programs and the limited improvements they have produced despite large investments by donors and national governments. This report explores some explanations for these alleged shortcomings, reviewing experience in three case study countries: Cambodia,…

Freedom of Information: Handbook for Law Clinics

Nigeria Network of University Legal Aid Institutions,

The Freedom of Information Handbook for Law Clinics has been written to provide a guide to law teachers, law students and other persons working in the Law Clinics, human rights, access to justice and governance projects and programmes in Nigeria. This Handbook provides a basic text for the training of law teachers, students, supervisors and…

Disrespect to the Constitutional Provision of “Presumption of Innocence” and it’s Implication to Police Public Relationship in Nigeria

Saviour Akpan, Esq.,

This paper was presented by Saviour Akpan Esq., during the Eminent Personality Forum organized by the Ikot Ekpene Area command of the Nigeria Police and it addresses the need for Nigerian police to comply with the Constitutional “presumption of innocence” provision. The paper’s recommendations are intended to help close the gap of antagonism between law enforcement agencies…

Case Intake Form (IWEI)

Isa Wali Empowerment Initiative,

This resource by Isa Wali Empowerment Initiative is a template for case intake.

Video: Land Grab for Cross River Super Highway in Nigeria

Green Concern for Development (GREENCODE),

This resource is a video on a land grabbing case for the Cross River Super Way done by Green Concern for Development (GREENCODE) in Nigeria. #CrossRiverSuperWay #LandGrabbing Thanks for supporting the protection of Cross River Rain and Mangrove Forest and the community’s land rights. For more information contact: Green Concern for Development (GREENCODE), Cross River State, Nigeria.

Nigerian Legal Aid Act 2011

National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,

The Legal Aid Act of 2011 provides for the establishment of a legal aid and access to justice fund. Through the fund, financial assistance is made available to the Legal Aid Council on behalf of indigent citizens for the prosecution of claims in accordance with the Constitution. The Act empowers the Legal Aid Council with…

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