Mr. Olayinka Lawal, a lawyer and Ag. Executive Director of Prisoners’ Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA), graduated from the University of Maiduguri, Borno State Nigeria, the Nigerian Law School, Lagos Nigeria and University of York, York, United Kingdom.
Prior to joining PRAWA, Mr. Lawal has worked with the Constitutional Rights Project (CRP) as the Executive Director, American Bar Association (ABA) as a Senior Attorney, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) as a Legislative Expert Consultant, UNICEF as a lead Consultant on Child Protection, PACT Nigeria as a Program Coordinator on Anti-Corruption and also with the International Republican Institute (IRI) as a Program Manager/Deputy Country Director.
At CRP, Mr. Lawal convened and facilitated national and regional conferences that produced roadmaps to improving human rights enforcement at the two levels, which civil society actors and state institutions agreed to run with to improve human right situation in Nigeria and at the West African sub-region. This led to the establishment of one of the first sets of multi-stakeholder human rights desks in Nigeria’s Divisional Police Stations (6) across the six geo-political zones in 2005. At the ABA, he facilitated the development of a draft National Policy and a draft Legislation on Witness Protection for consideration and approval by Nigeria’s National Executive Council. At PRAWA, he has successfully provided guidance to key stakeholders in the criminal justice system to review lapses in criminal justice administration, identified the gaps and developed coordinated solutions to them. The stakeholders are: judges, lawyers, investigators, prosecutors, prison officials and non-state actors.
Mr. Olayinka Lawal, has authored and co-authored several books, training manuals and articles including: Guide to Human Rights Litigation in Nigeria, 2006; Legislative Agenda for Legal Reforms and Human Rights, 2002; Suppressed Rights – Constitutional Rights Violations in Military Decrees 1999-1984, 1999; Quick Reference Brochure on Gender Based Violence, 2006; Anti Human Trafficking Training Manual for Law Enforcement Agencies in Nigeria, 2008.
Mr. Lawal is happily married and blessed with three children.
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