06 February 2017

More than 15 Justice Fellows from Nigeria were recently welcomed at a reception hosted by the QUT Faculty of Law as part of their Fellowship to develop a framework on improved service delivery within the Ministry of Justice, Niger State.

The Ministry of Justice leads the delivery of justice and regulates services in Niger State, Nigeria. Niger is physically the largest state in Nigeria and consists of approximately 4 million people. The Hon. Nasara DanMallan, Commissioner for Justice, has recently been appointed as the State’s Attorney General, and the new State government is focused on improving the efficiency of the justice system and developing regulation to drive change within the greater Nigerian system.

The intensive one-week program focused on transformational leadership and change management principles that will guide the participants in implementing law and justice reform in Nigeria.

The Fellows selected to participate in the program were from Ministry of Justice institutions, such as the High Court of Justice and the Law Reform Commission and included State Counsel, legal practitioners and judges.

Professor John Scott, QUT School of Justice, is pleased that the QUT Faculty of Law had the opportunity to host the delegates and share an insight on Australian law and goverance.

“We are very excited to be working closely with this group, especially as the Attorney General of Niger has set an ambitious reform agenda for the State which includes legislative review and strategies to tackle corruption and domestic violence, which, of course, are issues we now have some familiarity with in Australian states.”

The Fellows explored justice reform and governance, particularly:

  • contemporary court methodologies
  • alternative dispute resolution systems
  • public prosecution, legal advice, law review, revision and codification, research; and
  • dealing with contemporary legal issues and gender equality.

At the program's conclusion, the Fellows formally presented their action plans to QUT and other stakeholders, discussing specific measures that they will undertake in Nigeria.

"Under the Australian Awards Fellowship, I led the team to Brisbane to be trained on improving service delivery for the people of Niger State. As part of the training put together by the QUT Faculty of Law in collaboration with QUT's International Office," said the Hon Nasara DanMallan.

"We were trained and exposed to policy formulation and delivery. The Faculty of Law, led by Executive Dean, Professor John Humphrey, Head of the School of Justice, Professor Kerry Carrington, and the lovely Law and Justice staff hosted us to a super welcome reception.

In the last three weeks we have seen the hospitality of Brisbane, the Nigerian community in Queensland, the staff of Kings & Goodman, the Faculty of Law and QUT as a whole. We have been exposed to world class instructors and the excellent quality of the Faculty's training facilities," he said.

"From a policy standpoint, the program gave us the opportunity to objectively and critically interrogate and rethink our justice sector strategies and policies. The discourse on leadership and change management was very illuminating as we now have the requisite mentality for driving the change process and for enhanced service delivery at work.

Overall the team of facilitators comprising respected legal and policy experts and motivational speakers from within and outside QUT was extraordinary. The reception by the organisers of this program was first class. Our sincere appreciation to the University for an excellent program and to the Australian Government through the Australian Fellowship Awards for giving us the opportunity of a lifetime," he said.

The group will remain in Brisbane for several weeks and will undertake a short course on policy and governance with the QUT School of Justice. Additionally, the Fellows will visit several government and legal institutions including the Office of the Attorney General, Director of Public Prosecutions, Juvenile Justice, State Coroner, Crown Law and State Parliament.

We wish the Fellows all the very best for the implementation of their strategies in Nigeria.

QUT Faculty of Law

Professor John Humphrey, Executive Dean of the QUT Faculty of Law, with the Hon. Nasara DanMallan, Attorney General of Niger, and Fellows from the Ministry of Justice, Niger.

Professor Kerry Carrington, Head of QUT School of Justice, with Fellows at the welcome reception.


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