Overview of CRIMJUST Project
The Criminal Justice (CRIMJUST) project, which runs from 2016 – 2020, aims at fighting drug and organised crime along the cocaine route in Latin America, Caribbean and West Africa. The project is currently being implemented by nine countries along the aforementioned route. Transparency International (TI) leads the component of an institutional mapping through its chapters in participating countries.
The project is currently divided into three phases with the following time lines: the exploratory phase, October 2017; institutional mapping phase, November 2017 – April 2018 and advocacy phase, May 2018 – March 2019. As the National Contact of TI in Nigeria, CISLAC is one of the implementing partners of the CRIMJUST project and is currently conducting an assessment for this joint initiative.
The aim of the institutional mapping is to develop a tool that will aid in strengthening the criminal justice sector of Nigeria and recommendations will be made for each of the target institutions. Three target institutions with investigatory, prosecutory and adjudicatory functions; namely the Police, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Federal High Court, have been selected for institutional mapping based on their role in the fight against organised crime.
The CRIMJUST project is being implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), INTERPOL and Transparency International (TI) with support from European Union, (EU) Cocaine Route Programme.
The CRIMJUST project aims to effectively combat drug and organized crime in implementing countries through:
- Capacity Development
- Interregional Cooperation and
- Institutional Strengthening
European Union Cocaine Route Programme.