WHO WE ARE

African Law Foundation (AfriLaw) is non-profit and non-governmental law, justice and development organization with the corporate headquarter at Enugu, Enugu State of Nigeria.

AfriLaw was founded in July, 2012 after the African Regional Conference on Community-Based Paralegal Programme held in Kampala, Uganda and organized by the Global Rights Uganda and Namati: Innovations for Legal Empowerment, USA in 2012 which was attended by the AfriLaw Founder/Director.

AfriLaw is registered with the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) as a non-profit Company Limited by Guarantee with Registration Number RC 1150775 and fulfill good governance, human rights and justice for all.

What We Do

In line with our vision and mission, our work and services is to:

  • Advance respect to the rule of law, human rights and justice for all;
  • Ensure inclusive and sustainable social and economic development and growth;
  • Promote peace and security, transparency, accountability and democratic governance;
  • Improve environmental sustainability and ensure climatic justice; and
  • Promote partnership building and collaboration for sustainable development.

How we work

  1. Our Strategies and Core Interventions:
  2. Policy Advocacy and Capacity Building
  3. Pro Bono Legal Aid and Paralegal Services
  4. Campaigns and Awareness-raising
  5. Community Development and Mobilization
  6. Research and Documentation
  7. Communication and Publication
  8. Consulting and Technical Services
  9. Partnership and Network Building and Coordination
  10. Our Current Programmes and Initiatives:
  • Criminal Justice Sector Reform:
  • Civil Society Observatory on Administration of Criminal Justice in Nigeria member and Enugu State Partner with CLEEN Foundation under the project on Effective Implementation of Administration Criminal Justice Act (ACJA)-1 in Nigeria of the CLEEN Foundation with support with MacArthur Foundation promoting effective implementation of ACJA in Nigeria (2017-till date).
  • Observation and Documentation of Corruption related Cases and Court Proceedings in Enugu States in partnership with CLEEN Foundation under the project on Effective Implementation of Administration Criminal Justice Act (ACJA)-2 in Nigeria of the CLEEN Foundation with support with MacArthur Foundation (2018).
  • Nigeria Policing Programme (NPP) CSOs/NHRC Coordinating member in Enugu State in partnership with Coffey International (2018).
  1. Our Strategies and Core Interventions:
  2. Policy Advocacy and Capacity Building
  3. Pro Bono Legal Aid and Paralegal Services
  4. Campaigns and Awareness-raising
  5. Community Development and Mobilization
  6. Research and Documentation
  7. Communication and Publication
  8. Consulting and Technical Services
  9. Partnership and Network Building and Coordination
  10. Our Current Programmes and Initiatives:
  • Criminal Justice Sector Reform:
  • Civil Society Observatory on Administration of Criminal Justice in Nigeria member and Enugu State Partner with CLEEN Foundation under the project on Effective Implementation of Administration Criminal Justice Act (ACJA)-1 in Nigeria of the CLEEN Foundation with support with MacArthur Foundation promoting effective implementation of ACJA in Nigeria (2017-till date).
  • Observation and Documentation of Corruption related Cases and Court Proceedings in Enugu States in partnership with CLEEN Foundation under the project on Effective Implementation of Administration Criminal Justice Act (ACJA)-2 in Nigeria of the CLEEN Foundation with support with MacArthur Foundation (2018).
  • Nigeria Policing Programme (NPP) CSOs/NHRC Coordinating member in Enugu State in partnership with Coffey International (2018).

Our Governance Structure

Board of Directors (BOD): AFRILAW is governed by reputable legal professionals as the Board of Directors including:

  • Benson Olugbo, PhD: Former Anglophone Coordinator, Coalition for International Criminal Court (CICC) and Executive Director, CLEEN Foundation, Abuja (Chairman)
  • Chima Okereke: Partner, Kola Awodien & Co., Abuja, Nigeria
  • Ebere Enedah (Mrs): Associate Partner, Punuka Attorneys, Lagos, Nigeria (Vice Chair)
  • Agozie Ezenyirioha: Principal Partner, Churchill and Cross (Attorneys & Solicitors), Enugu, Nigeria
  • Jean Ekoh (Mrs): Lawyer and Founder & President, Good Foundation Ministry International (GFMI), Enugu, Nigeria
  • Okereke Chinwike : Development Law Expert  -(Secretary/CEO)

Our Core Values:

  •  Professionalism and Excellence: We aspire to be a learning organization, and strive to be the best and give the best.
  • Human Rights and Justice: We promote rule of law, advocate for peaceful co-existence of all people, respect of human rights and access of justice for all.
  • Gender Equality and Social Inclusion: We recognize and respect the diversity inherent in individuals and organizations and strive to promote the ideals of equality and non-discrimination.
  • Empowerment and Education: We strive to build, educate and train ourselves, people and communities we serve; communicating and creating awareness for social change.
  • Good Governance and Accountability: We promote principles of good governance, uphold honesty and transparency in all we do for people and organizations at all times, and take responsibility towards proper use of resource entrusted to us by our partners, donors and communities we serve.
  • Participation and Solidarity: We encourage full participation of all stakeholders in all we do particularly the poor, vulnerable, excluded and disadvantaged; support and stand in solidarity in promoting their well-being and welfare.
  • Innovation and Creativity: We value and will exploit ideas and ingenuity that create change, transform lives and build a better society.

Our Vision

Our Vision: A just, peaceful, inclusive and developed Africa and a better world for all.

Our Mission: Advancing the rule of law, human rights and justice for sustainable development of African society.

Our Motto:  ‘Lawyers Working for a Better Africa’.

Our Strategic Goals:

  • The poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people will be strengthened to overcome poverty, secure and exercise their rights, have access to justice and live a better life;
  • Communities and civil society organisations will be empowered to fight poverty, corruption, injustice and oppression, uphold peace and ensure a better society;

States, public and private institutions and organizations will be responsible, democratic and accountable,

Our Thematic Areas:

  • Business and Human Rights/Corporate Accountability
  • Access to Justice and Legal Empowerment of the Poor
  • Peace-Building and Conflict Resolution
  • Constitutional and Justice Sector Reform
  • International Criminal Justice and Humanitarian Law
  • Health and Human Rights
  • Economic and Social Rights (ECOSOR)
  • Democratic Governance and Accountability
  • Anti-Corruption and Transparency
  • Public Safety and Human Security/Security Sector Reform
  • Refugees, Migration. Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
  • Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development/SDGs
  • Drug Policy Reform
  • Economic Growth, Sustainable Trade, Finance and Investment
  • Natural Resources Management and Secured Land Rights
  • Environmental Sustainability and Climate Justice
  • Gender Equality, Women and Children’s Rights

 

  • Business and Human Rights/Corporate Accountability
  • Access to Justice and Legal Empowerment of the Poor
  • Peace-Building and Conflict Resolution
  • Constitutional and Justice Sector Reform
  • International Criminal Justice and Humanitarian Law
  • Health and Human Rights
  • Economic and Social Rights (ECOSOR)
  • Democratic Governance and Accountability
  • Anti-Corruption and Transparency
  • Public Safety and Human Security/Security Sector Reform
  • Refugees, Migration. Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
  • Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development/SDGs
  • Drug Policy Reform
  • Economic Growth, Sustainable Trade, Finance and Investment
  • Natural Resources Management and Secured Land Rights
  • Environmental Sustainability and Climate Justice
  • Gender Equality, Women and Children’s Rights

 

Advisory Council:

AfriLaw is supported by a team of distinguished legal and human rights professionals as members of the Advisory Council including:

  •  Nonso Okafor, Former Dean , Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus (Chairman)
  • Maria-Goretti Ane, African Consultant, International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), UK
  • Ebenezer Durojaye, Head: Socio-Economic Rights Project, Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
  • Oby Nwankwo, UN CEDAW Committee Member & Executive Director, CIRDDOC Nigeria
  • (Ms.) Ifeoma Enemo, Deputy Vice Chancellor & Former Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus
  • Osita Okoro, Former Executive Director, Nigeria Bar Association(NBA), Abuja
  • Justice Peace Otti, High Court Judge, Nigeria
  • Chief (Dr.) D.O.C Ezeigwe, Former, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Board Member
  • S Nwajagu, Principal Partner, P.S Nwajagu and Associates, Enugu

Our Coalitions, Networks and Allies:

Our Coalitions, Networks and Allies:

  • Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development Community of Practice on Legal Aspects of Displacement
  • Global Drug Policy Alumni Network
  • Global Migration Policy Associates
  • United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Community Intervention Network for Drugs (CIND), Nigeria
  • Network of Men Leaders to End Violence against Women, Nigeria (a Nigerian chapter of the UN Secretary-General’s Network of Men Leaders to End Violence against Women
  • Open Government Partnership(OGP)
  • CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE)
  • OECD Watch/SOMO, the Netherlands
  • United Nations Millennium Campaign, Nigeria
  • International Senior Lawyers Project(ISLP/Lawyers for Resource Justice
  • FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University, USA
  • National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Nigeria
  • Affirmative Action Initiative for Women (NCAA)
  • African Coalition on Corporate Accountability (ACCA)
  • Child Protection Network (CPN), Nigeria
  • Accountability Counsel, USA
  • MenEngaged Global Alliance
  • Nigeria CSOs Coalition on Business and Human Rights
  • Humanitarian Law and Policy Forum, Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) International, Harvard University, USA
  • FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University, USA
  • International Association of Legal Ethics
  • Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE)
  • Global Legal Empowerment Network (GLEN)
  • Lawyers for Better Business (L4BB)
  • Global Rights, Nigeria
  • Nigeria Coalition for the International Criminal Court (NCICC)
  • International Civil Society Center
  • CIVICUS Global Alliance
  • World Federation for Democracy
  • Legal Aid Council of Nigeria
  • Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP)

Our Geographical Coverage:

We implement programmes and services in rural communities, states and regions in Nigeria and across Africa including international engagements with our international partners.

WHO WE WORK WITH

We work with multi-stakeholders particularly the poor, vulnerable, excluded and disadvantaged, states and governments, donors/funders, corporate organizations, civil society organisations, professional groups, international and  non-governmental organisations, faith-based organisations and community-based organisations to implement our programmes and activities.

Our Supporters and Partners:

  • Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), Geneva, Switzerland
  • Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), Abuja, Nigeria
  • International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), UK
  • West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), Ghana
  • Coalition for Human Rights in Development, USA
  • West Africa Drug Policy Network (WADPN), Ghana
  • International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP)/Lawyers for Resource Justice(LRJ) Programme, USA
  • Namati: Innovation for Legal Empowerment, USA
  • DFID/UkAid Voices for Change Programme, Nigeria
  • Center for Water Security and Cooperation (CWSC) and International Association for Water Law (AIDA), USA
  • CLEEN Foundation
  • International Accountability Project (IAP)