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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.
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. .
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.
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:.
"L-R: Chief Suprintendent of Police, Taiwo Kasumu representing the Inspector General of Police, Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, CSLS President, Professor Yemi Akiseye-George, SAN and Secretary, Federal Justice Sector Reform Coordinating Committee, Mr. Felix Ota-Okojie."
" Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The British Council and a judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Justice Abubakar Talba, the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, among other stakeholders in the justice sector, on Wednesday, called for adequate funding to ensure the implementation of the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015."
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