A-CLE Colloquium

NULAI African Clinical legal education colloquium

Clinical legal education programme in Nigeria was launched with the hosting of the ‘Clinical Legal Education Colloquium’ in 2004; followed by the ‘2nd All African Clinical Legal Education Colloquium’ in 2005, and the establishment of 4 pilot law clinics. With the support of partners including Open Society Foundations; The MacArthur Foundation; United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF); European Union; Justice for All, DFID British Council; Philanthropic individuals and Legal Professionals, the program had grown from 4 pilot clinics in 2005 to over 22 University/Law School-based legal aid clinics as at 2017.

The development of clinical legal education in Nigeria is at a crucial stage, we have gone from nothing in 2004 to current status in 2018 where it is now mandatory for law faculties to have law clinics according to section four of the National University Commission BMAS[1]. The key questions arising from these very positive developments are: How standards can be upheld? Will law teachers embrace the fundamentals of clinical legal education and ensure that its objectives are implemented? We are looking forward to law faculties that understand the essential purpose of the programme and not a proliferation of buildings called law clinics and eager law students with no adequate supervision. Law faculties should not just assign someone to head the clinical programme without adequate training and capacity building.

After over a decade of the clinical legal education movement, NULAI proposes to review the development of clinical legal education, its achievements, impact and discuss ways to sustain progress and improve standards. Growth of clinical legal education and maintaining the appropriate standard could lead to Nigerian universities and law faculties opening their doors for global collaborations and connections with the global clinical legal education movement. Nigerian clinicians also have the opportunity to become a resource pool for countries in Africa and others seeking to join the clinical movement.

GENERAL FORUM THEMATIC STREAMS
The General Conference sessions will address the central topic of the conference—“CLE Road Map: The Development, Institutionalization and Sustainability of Clinical Legal Education & Law Clinics in Nigeria”—in five streams with the following themes:

STREAM 1: Development of Clinical Legal Education in Nigeria
This session will review the development of clinical legal education, its achievements, and impact and discuss ways to sustain progress and improve standards. Effective clinical legal education programmes aim at achieving best academic practices and greater societal impact. Sessions in this stream will focus on the types of resources, methodologies and best practices to introduce and sustain clinical legal education programmes.

STREAM 2: How Can A Law Clinic Be Sustainable?
Sustainability of clinical legal education programs is vital in ensuring continued best academic practices and promoting students’ pro bono mindedness and ethical development, as well as supporting community empowerment and providing legal services to the community. Sessions in this stream will examine a variety of factors and strategies necessary to assure the on-going success of clinical programs.

STREAM 3: Public Interest, Pro Bono and Legal Clinics
Clinical legal education and pro bono movements are interlinked through mutually-cooperative initiatives and a commonality of goals. Sessions in this stream will explore how clinical programs can partner with the Bar Association and other organization as well as local communities to further assist by successfully developing future pro-bono-minded graduates equipped with the skills, knowledge, and strong sense of ethical obligation needed to achieve greater access to justice. This session will also explore how clinical programs can further initiate, support, and develop public interest law initiatives (such as legal reform initiatives, strategic litigation, etc.) that can play an important role in the transformation of our societies and the promotion of social justice.

STREAM 4: Clinical Legal Education and Advancement of Access to Justice
Clinical legal education includes a variety of programs and initiatives aimed at advancing human rights and social change. NULAI commenced Prison Pre-trial detention law clinics in 2009. Since then, law clinics continue to carry out projects and in 2014, the Prison pre-trial detainee project was supported by Justice4All-DFID, involving 12 law clinics working as a cohesive network across 19 prisons to provide access to justice services for 1043 pre-trial detainees. In 2018, with support from Open Society Justice Initiative the project is supporting 14 law clinics. Sessions in this stream will address the challenges of providing access to justice and legal assistance for pre-trial detainees, with a focus on understanding the roles and obligations of the law clinics and the legal profession. This session can also explore how law faculties can use and promote the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

STREAM 5: African Journal of Clinical Legal Education
This session is for papers, articles and commentaries presentation on clinical legal education and access to justice seeking to be published. The Journal which is peer-assessed is devoted to law and legal education of significant research value, especially on developments on clinical legal education, justice education, and access to justice. All papers presented must meet The Journal requirements and guidelines for publication. Guidelines are available at http://nulai.org/index.php/media1/nulai-journals

A LAW CLINIC FAIR
This fair will feature law clinic stands throughout the conference. The fair is open for interested law clinics to showcase their work and skills of law students; this would be conducted in an exhibition technique format. This is an interactive forum to enable new and upcoming law clinics learn from existing clinics as well as enhance peer learning amongst all clinics. Interested law clinics must request a stand during registration.

A TEACHER TRAINING WORKSHOP: Introductory Clinical Legal Education Practice; Curriculum Development and Law Clinic Management
The clinical legal education practice; curriculum development and law clinic management training is divided into two parts: an introductory workshop for law teachers and law faculties at the initial phase of integrating/adopting a clinical law programme; the trainings enable law teachers to:

      1. Identify the necessary lawyering skills required to work in a clinic;
      2. Identify appropriate interactive teaching methods for training of law students;
      3. Develop outcome based lessons and activities;
      4. Substitute clinical legal education for traditional law curriculum;
      5. Design a Clinical legal education based law curriculum;
      6. And identify assessment methods and supervision techniques.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZER AND HOST
The Network of University Legal Aid Institutions (NULAI, Nigeria) established in 2003, is a non-profit, non - political and non-governmental organization promoting clinical legal education, reform of legal education, legal aid and access to justice. It draws membership from university-based legal aid clinics from across Nigeria. NULAI Nigeria has a proven track record of managing law clinics’ projects with measurable success. We have the skills, competence, integrity and networks to advance the course of clinical legal education. In addition, we are the pioneer and so far, the only law clinics network in Nigeria and one of only two across Africa, in addition, NULAI provided support to the East Africa towards the development of an East African Network and is currently providing support to Ghana clinical legal education development. NULAI Nigeria addresses reform of legal education through the institutionalization of clinical legal education and establishment of law clinics. NULAI so far has 22 member law clinics within its network.

REGISTRATION, FEES, AND GRANTS
Participants would be required to register for the conference using an online registration form. Registration fees cover conference meals and resource materials. The registration form includes sections for requesting a fee waiver or reduction, applying for a travel and accommodations grant.

Participants interested in making session presentation would submit an abstract proposal during registration. The session proposal would include: The title of the presentation, contact information for all presenters, a summary of 500 words or less, and a short statement of relevance to one more conference themes. The abstract would also include the presentation’s objectives, how interactive methods will be used, time needed for presentation, and presenters’ CV or resume. In addition, participation will also be open to participants able to fund themselves from other African countries especially from the West African region.

Conference grant may be provided based only on availability of funds. Applicants for a grant must be presenting at a conference session or be actively involved in the organization of the conference. NOTE, however, that this in itself does not guarantee the award of a grant.

Registration fees N20000($65)/Per Participant {Fees cover meals and conference package only} 2018 and Participation will be capped at 100 participants. Follow link to register and submit a session proposal to the upcoming NULAI African Clinical legal education colloquium

Submission deadline for those requesting fee waiver is the 31st August 2018!
Final registration deadline 22nd October, 2018

 

 

 

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