Call for Applications:

Training for Capital Defense Lawyers:
25-27 October 2023, Lagos

The Nigerian Alumni of the Makwanyane Institute hosted by the Cornell Center on the death penalty will be organizing a three-day training in Lagos on the 25th to 27th of October 2023 for Capital Defense Lawyers in Nigeria with support from the Makwanyane Institute Stewardship grants.

This training forms part of activities planned by the Institute in partnership with Avocats Sans Frontieres France to mark the 21st World Day Against the Death Penalty themed: “Death penalty: an irreversible torture”

The objective of the training is to equip trainees with specific skills to adequately represent persons facing the death penalty in Nigeria. It is a unique opportunity to share the knowledge acquired by the trainers/fellows at the specialized training received at the Makwanyane Institute, Cornell University, New York and to foster relationship amongst lawyers representing persons facing the death penalty in Nigeria.

The Makwanyane Institute is named after the landmark Judgment of the South African Constitutional Court that established that capital punishment was inconsistent with the commitment to human rights expressed in the interim Constitution.

Target trainees are lawyers who are committed to representing persons on death row in Nigeria.

If you are interested in participating in this training, kindly provide your details below. You will also be required to submit a few paragraphs summarizing your experience representing persons facing the death penalty and why you want to participate in the training. Applicants with experience representing women on death row are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications will be reviewed and accepted in order received as only 15 slots are available for trainees from Lagos, Abuja, Enugu, Kano, Ebonyi and Rivers states.

Kindly note that the training is free and travel costs for attending the training are covered by the project.

Interested applicants should click on the link below to apply:

Deadline for application submission: Tuesday 17th October 2023.

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