Kenya Judicial and Trial Advocacy Training Project

Virtue Foundation Furthers Its Women’s Empowerment Initiatives Through Sponsorship of the 3rd Annual Kenya Judicial and Trial Advocacy Training Project

The Kenya Judicial and Trial Advocacy Training Project promotes the goals of the Virtue Foundation through its focus on judicial education and promotion of human rights. This training focuses on domestic violence trials and the new Sexual Offense Act. Using the NITA model, the trainers will use case files on domestic violence while raising awareness about how a judge’s decision can protect women and provide important legal precedent for judges throughout the region.

Under the leadership of the Honorable Ann C. Williams, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the National Institute for Trail Advocacy (NITA), Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB), White & Case LLP, among others, the Kenya Training Model strives to advance the rule of law in Kenya through judicial training and the protection and expansion of women’s rights. While the program began as a five-day training program using case trials, it has expanded to include NITA “teacher training” so that in the future the project can become self-sustainable. Now in its third year, the program runs for a month and includes a Judges Only training session as well as a two-day session for training the trainers. Other sponsors include the Department of Justice US. Embassy, the Friends of the Kenya Foundation, Thomson- Reuters and FIDA-Kenya.

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