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Who We Are

Established in 2006, the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (CSLS) promotes a multi-disciplinary approach to the study and practice of law. It proceeds on the premise that law cannot exist in isolation from other social phenomena. It must therefore be approached and applied in context.
The CSLS seeks to mainstream the understanding and application of law with reference to its social, economic, cultural and political environment.

We believe that the challenge of underdevelopment and the various social vices that dog our nation’s attempts at development are traceable to failure to create innovative solutions or responses or to adapt the received laws and procedures in a manner consistent with our needs, culture and experience. The Centre played a leading role in developing the Evidence Act 2011. It collaborated with the Federal Ministry of Justice and the National Assembly in modernising the Nigerian Evidence Act. The innovations in the Evidence Act 2011 were mostly drafted and recommended by the Centre for inclusion in the Evidence Act 2011.

Our Projects

  • Deepening Criminal Justice Reform and Fast Tracking High Profile Corruption Cases (HPCCs) in Nigeria
  • Building capacity of Investigators and Prosectors
  • Promoting Modernization of Substantive Criminal Laws: Criminal
  • Code, Penal Code, Code of Conduct Laws
  • Digitalization of Courts
  • Promoting National Minimum Standards of Criminal Justice Reform
  • Building the capacity of Trial and Appellate Justices for
  • effective implementation of Criminal Justice Reform
  • Legislative Advocacy
  • Building capacity of lawyers as agents of change
  • Effective implementation of Criminal Justice Reform
  • Building capacity of lawyers as agents of change
  • Promoting Research for Electoral Reform and Accountability for election-related offences
  • Legislative drafting and advocacy

Past Events

Upcoming Events

NATIONAL TRAINING FOR INVESTIGATORS

Centre for Socio Legal Studies in Collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Justice organized a training of 200 investigators and prosecutors (100 in the North and 100 in the south) from various law enforcement agencies such as the Nigerian Police Force, EFCC, ICPC, NDLEA and NAPTIP to improve their knowledge of proper investigative practices and the provisions of ACJA with regards to witness protection, treatment of suspects and restorative justice. .

CSLS HOSTS KADUNA STATE ACJMC IN CAPACITY BUILDING MEETING

On the 11th of October 2018, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies organized a capacity building meeting with the newly appointed members of the Kaduna State Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring Committee (ACJMC). Also in attendance was a member of the Rule of Law Advisory Team and the Technical Assistant of the Federal ACJMC Secretariat.

CENTRE FOR SOCIO-LEGAL STUDIES ORGANIZED AN INTERACTIVE SEMINAR FOR CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS (CSOs)

On the 12th on June 2018 the Center for Socio Legal Studies organized an interactive seminar for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Media Representatives to discuss the measures for expediting high profile criminal cases. The CSOs in attendance were:.

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