In January 2016, BHRC partnered with Coram Children’s Legal Centre and UNICEF to deliver training in child rights to judges and magistrates in Nigeria
Kirsty Brimelow QC, Chair of BHRC and barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, and BHRC member, Ifeanyi Odogwu of Garden Court Chambers travelled to Abuja to deliver a four-day training workshop to members of the Nigerian judiciary who will cascade this learning by training other judges in child rights.
The workshop took place at the National Judicial Institute and focused on the implementation of the Nigerian Child Rights Act, specifically the setting up and functioning of family courts and related issues including collecting evidence from children and how to cross-examine child witnesses. The training, which involved plenty of interactive sessions including role plays, also explored international legal frameworks and mechanisms. This training in child rights was the first such training that been held by the National Judicial Institute.
Feedback from participants was very positive, “For many years to come the knowledge and skills aquired will be a huge asset to the NJI in training court officials from every state of the federation”, wrote one. “The course will be useful in my day to day work as a judge because I will apply the principles of international human rights law when dealing with children”, wrote another.
BHRC is planning to follow-up on this work with further training later in 2016.