Freedom of Information Law Clinics/Law Clinics' FoI Unit provide StreetLaw education and administrative support to communities and individuals seeking to use the FoI Act in Nigeria.
The Freedom of Information (FoI) Act is considered an essential tool for providing access to information that is critical for promoting social justice, supporting public interest lawyering and providing general legal services. One of the significant end-users for promoting the effective use of the FoI Act that has been identified is university-based law clinics. Law Clinics are in a good position to make significant contribution towards ensuring proper implementation of the FOI Act. Download Freedom of Information Act
Mainstreaming the Utilization of the new Freedom of Information Act, 2011 by Nigerian University-based Law Clinics
In 2013 NULAI Nigeria launched Freedom of Information Law Clinics through the Mainstreaming the Utilization of the new Freedom of Information Act, 2011 by Nigerian University-based Law Clinics project. The project was with the support of Open Society Rights Initiative, Open Society Foundations from 2013 to 2015.
26 law teachers from 18 universities reviewed the FoI Act, the revised Guidelines for the Implementation of the Act as issued by the Attorney General of Federation, identified and recommended the scope of FoI topics to be covered in a law clinic curriculum and developed draft FoI lesson plans to be used by law clinics.
9 pilot law Clinics carried out outreaches educating community members on the importance of the FoI Act to community development, with focus on how to use the Act as a social audit tool in order to promote transparency and accountability at both the local government and community levels.
Pilot clinics include: Ambrose Ali University Law Clinic; Nigerian Law School, Bagauda Law Clinic; Ebonyi State University Law Clinic; University of Ilorin Legal Aid Clinic; Akungba Law Clinic; Olabisi Onabanjo University Law Clinic; University of Abuja Law Clinic; Abia State University Law Clinic; and University of Uyo Law Clinic.
A committee drawn from the law clinics developed an FOI Act Curriculum and Training manual for law teachers and law students published in 2015 Freedom of Information Handbook for Law Clinics. Download a copy here
Building the Capacity of Community-based Groups for the Effective Use of Freedom of Information Act in Nigeria.
Freedom of Information Audio resources in major Nigerian languages broadcasted in local radio stations across the country. Please take a listen.
NULAI published the Street Law: Freedom of Information Manual that supports the Freedom of Information: Handbook for Law Clinics (2015). The manual provides guidance and methodologies to assist University based Law Clinic students to teach freedom of information and its use in schools and communities. The manual is written in simple language to allow secondary school level students and local community members educate themselves on freedom of information with little or no assistance by facilitators. Download a copy here
Freedom of Information Audio resources in major Nigerian languages broadcasted in local radio stations across the country. Please take a listen and share