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Title: The Role of Law Schools/Clinics in Promoting Education for Justice, Human Rights and a Culture of Lawfulness
Lead Presenter: Omoyemen Lucia
Session Abstract: Clinical legal education does not only refer to a method of teaching that is concerned with getting law students to be involved in the practical application of legal knowledge and the acquisition of legal skills. It also involves discharging a social justice function. Clinics have ensured that communities have access to justice and that they have a voice in issues that concerns them. It can serve as a vehicle for protection of human rights, ensuring participation, promoting education for justice, human rights, a culture of lawfulness and sustainable development. Under the Doha declaration member states made a commitment to promote a culture of lawfulness. The Declaration recognizes the need for education for justice and emphasizes that education for all children and youth, including the eradication of illiteracy, is fundamental to the prevention of crime and corruption and to the promotion of a culture of lawfulness that supports the rule of law and human rights. Member states under the Declaration made a commitment to promoting access to education for all, including technical and professional skills, as well as to promote lifelong learning skills for all. However, in most countries human rights, educating for justice and a culture of lawfulness has not being popularized neither is it being implemented. Nevertheless, Legal clinics are playing a very prominent role to fill in the gap and promote understanding of human rights, justice and a culture of lawfulness through education. Also, effective implementation of clinical legal education is the best methodology to be adopted in order to sensitize youth to change thought process and mould the social fabric to have a just society. Students in clinics and law schools play very important roles in achieving sustainable development goals and promoting a culture of lawfulness through the work they do and the solutions they generate to several social issues that results in improved policies needed. Generally, the objectives of the session shall be focused on sharing the diverse experiences of presenting law schools and clinics to assess how clinical projects are being utilized to promote the rule of law, human rights, sustainable development and a culture of lawfulness; to inspire participants in the session to undertake a self-assessment exercise aimed at situating the work they do within existing international legal and policy framework and to assess how possible collaborations can be used to assess progress in commitment to human rights obligations, education for justice and sustainable development and a culture of lawfulness.
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