The International Nuremberg Principles Academy partnered with the Wayamo Foundation to co-organize a three-day workshop in Abuja from 21 to 23 May. It was the fifth in the current series of training sessions on “Strengthening Justice and Accountability in Nigeria”, and was purpose-designed to impart joint training for over 30 senior Nigerian military and civil investigators and prosecutors.
The completed and the upcoming workshops of the series increasingly focus on practical aspects. Explanations combined with group exercises enabled a fruitful dialogue and a stimulating learning atmosphere for all participants.
After the official opening by Wayamo Foundation Director, Bettina Ambach, and Nigerian Army Director of Legal Services, General Yusuf Shalangwa, Nigerian and international experts addressed the following topics: Kainji Trials (Boko Haram cases); Understanding the rights of the accused before civil and military courts; Trial advocacy - effective strategies and techniques; The investigation and prosecution of conflict-related sexual violence; The role of a prosecution coordinator; and Military investigations: violations of international human rights law and the law of armed conflict.
The overall aim of the training sessions is to equip Nigerian prosecutors and investigators with the necessary expertise and skills to address serious and complex international, transnational and terrorism-related crimes under Nigerian criminal law, including crimes that may potentially fall under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.
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