This publication tracks how law clinics’ involvement in criminal justice in Nigeria has evolved overtime under the Network of University Legal Aid Institutions (NULAI), Nigeria.
It reports on the historical development of criminal justice/pre-trial detainee law clinics in Nigeria; the role and contributions of Campus-Based Law Clinics in criminal justice administration in Nigeria; looks at the benefits of early exposure of law students to criminal justice system; and reviews the challenges of students’ participation in pre-trial detention projects while making an argument for student law practice in Nigeria. It also showcases how law clinics interact with the different stakeholders in criminal justice sector, and the impact of such collaboration for victims of pro-longed pretrial detention.
Law students, teachers and justice sector actors will find this publication useful in changing perception to the fact that law faculties and law students in Nigeria are key players in the criminal justice system. It provides enough information about the role of law clinics in advancing justice for the poor and underserved, and makes a case for all justice sector actors to recognize that inclusion of law clinics within the framework of early access to justice will serve millions of Nigerians.
The book is written by contributors that have participated in the development of criminal justice/pre-trial detainee law clinics in Nigeria. We thank the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) for supporting this publication.