The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, has sought capacity building opportunities for judicial officers in the country.
He spoke in Abuja at the weekend while receiving a delegation of US officials led by the Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard.
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In a statement by his spokesman, Ahuruaka Isah, the CJN identified some of the emerging crimes like cybercrime, cross-jurisdictional infringement of Intellectual property rights and cases related to cybersecurity and espionage as requiring training.
He said judges in the country required training on block chain technology and online dispute resolution relating to e-commerce disputes.
The CJN requested workshops that would border on copyright law in the new digital environment for judicial officers and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards relating to intellectual property disputes.
“Capacity building for our judicial officers is our priority, while the development of the capacity of our Research Assistants and other staff of the National Judicial Institute, who are fully involved in these training programmes, is also very important,” he said.
‘’Your Excellency, without taking the cat out of your bag, I want to assure you that our doors are always wide open to welcome proposals that will be beneficial to the development of the Rule of Law and the overall growth of the Judiciary of this country.’’
Earlier, the U.S. ambassador said the U.S. was exploring how best to support Nigeria’s judicial processes during the 2023 elections.