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 NIALS/UNDP Project on Access to Justice and Rule of Law in The North-East.

In September 2017, the United Nations Development Programme collaborated with NIALS for the implementation of the research project titled ‘Support to Access to Justice and the Rule of Law in the North East of Nigeria’. The Project, which is conducted and implemented in phases, seeks to contribute to the stabilization and early recovery in the North-East through support for the re- establishment of core justice and security services in accessible areas, and the enhancement of timely and effective access to justice especially for those most affected by the insurgency. The overall expected outcome of the project is the enhancement of effective security and justice delivery in the accessible areas of the North East.

Other responsible partners in the research project are the Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Federal Ministry of Justice; National Human Rights Commission; Legal Aid Council; Nigerian Police Force; Nigerian Bar Association and the Nigerian Prisons Service.

In furtherance to the objective of the project, NIALS in collaboration with UNDP has carried out the first phase of the project in 2017.

Through a Community Based Mapping Exercise (CBME) that determines and confirms the level of presence and accessibility of core security and rule of law institutions in North East Nigeria, the first phase of the project sought to equip appropriate stakeholders with relevant data imperative to strategizing for the provision of timely and effective monitoring, reporting and response to human rights violations particularly those that are sexual and gender based. An Orientation workshop and training for the CBME was organized before deployment of field officers to the respective states of study. A validation workshop was also organized following their return from the field.

Subsequent phases of the project are currently on-going.