How We Work

Methodology

TRIAL ADVOCACY TRAINING

LWOB has built capacity among magistrates, judges, prosecutors, public defenders and law enforcement officers through its signature trial advocacy training programs. LWOB’s Support Through Trial Advocacy Training (STTAT) model is a three to five-day training session that runs through every aspect of a trial. LWOB employs a “learning by doing” methodology that provides participants with an opportunity to practice the skills in breakout sessions and mock trial settings.

The themes of our training programs address a broad range of subject matter: Human Trafficking; Terrorism; Wildlife Crime; Gender-Based and Domestic Violence; Corruption; Family and Juvenile;  Electoral Challenges/Electoral Violence; Conflict Mitigation; Mediation, Negotiation and Consensus Building; Rights of the Child (labor); Inheritance and Succession; Tax Compliance and Land Title; and basic criminal law.

Prior to initiating a new training program, we send small pre-arrival teams or individuals into the project country to meet with stakeholders to assess their needs, conduct court observations and plan logistics. The size of each training team we bring into a country varies according to the project and the number of trainees. Our larger training teams can include up to 15 to 30 lawyers, judges and support staff. This size ensures our ability to break into small sessions of 10-12 trainees as well as videotaping each trainee’s presentation, followed by one-on-one feed-back sessions with the trainee. Often, staff remains in-country after a training program to interview trainees for feedback to assess the impact of the training.

Materials: Depending upon the project LWOB has created a wide range of materials including: training and country manuals; illustrated civic education materials; educational activities and games; digitized educational visuals;  self-contained or self-taught eLearning programs; awareness materials and public service campaigns; case digests and analysis; bench books; law enforcement toolkits; and trial observation reports.

Course and published materials are first created in English and subsequently translated into one or more local languages. In the past translations have included some of the following: Swahili, Amharic, Creole, Nepali, French, and Spanish.  

TRAINING OF TRAINERS (TOT)

An important component of LWOB’s training programs is to assure that in-country attorneys and/or officers become future trainers of other justice sector stakeholders in their country. The Training of Trainers (TOT) training sessions conform to local practices and  focuses on adult learning principles, effective communication skills, and various training techniques. To date, TOT trainings have been held in Kenya, Tanzania and Liberia.

ACCESS TO JUSTICE AND CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVES

LWOB’s involvement in Access to Justice and Capacity Building initiatives spans many areas and topics.

TRIAL OBSERVATIONS

Trial observation is a widely used form of human rights monitoring with the objectives of promoting State accountability and protection of human rights, especially the right to a fair trial. Trial observers must remain neutral throughout their observations and never react to perceived unfairness in the trial. Their role is to examine procedural fairness – not to determine who is telling the truth. The LWOB trial observers’ first-hand observations are subsequently published in an objective, independent and impartial report of the proceedings.  For example, LWOB trial observers went to Namibia to observe a treason trial with 121 suspects who were accused of belonging to the Caprivi Liberation Army which launched a failed uprising in the Caprivi strip in 1999. LWOB has also conducted trial observations in Ethiopia and Sierra Leone.

LEGISLATIVE GAP ANALYSES & WORKSHOPS

LWOB often conducts a “gap analysis” of specific laws of a country, i.e. human trafficking, to determine if the laws are in compliance with international standards and best practices in combatting human trafficking, including the Palermo Protocol, model laws, and researched best practice.  LWOB also conducts workshops that focus on legislative capacity building and the enforcement of national obligations under international covenants, conventions and agreements. Workshops have also reviewed and recommended standard operating procedures (SOPs) to design comprehensive legislation for human rights and child labor laws.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

In almost every country LWOB travels to, we create complementary outreach materials for communities, school children as well as local NGO stakeholders to ensure an understanding of the basic issues at hand, such as human trafficking, wildlife crimes, and child labor.

TECHNICAL COLLABORATION

Goal: How to advocate on your own. Provide mentorship etc.

Our Project Themes

All of our projects have specific themes that have included: Gender-based and domestic violence, Corruption, Human trafficking, Terrorism, Wildlife crime, Economic empowerment to drive access to justice and sustainable programming, Electoral violence, Civic and electoral rights, Conflict mitigation, Mediation, negotiation and  consensus building, Rights of the child (labor), Succession and inheritance rights, Tax Compliance and Land title.