The Singapore Justice Training Centre (SJTC) opened in the spring of 2010 with a generous donation from the Lien Centre for Social Innovation. The SJTC is a comprehensive legal resources hub dedicated to catalysing the criminal justice evolution within Asia through the delivery of state of the art training programmes. The SJTC is led by experienced IBJ staff in collaboration with Singaporean and other regionally based experts who design and implement the SJTC’s training agenda.
2010 Asia JusticeMakers Competition and Summit
IBJ, in tandem with the Lien Center for Social Innovation, awarded $5,000 in seed funding to twelve applicants for the 2010 Asia JusticeMakers Competition. From August 11 through August 17, 2010, the JusticeMakers gathered for a summit at the SJTC during which they were introduced and welcomed formally to IBJ, presented their projects, participated in discussion groups and team-building exercises, and attended lectures and training sessions. Click here for more information about the 2010 Asia JusticeMakers Fellows
ASEAN Criminal Defense Training
The SJTC and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore merged expertise with innovation to create the first-ever Criminal Justice Training for ASEAN countries in Singapore, 14-18 Feb 2011. Hosted at the beautiful campus of the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at National University of Singapore, this inaugural event gathered 18 participants from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The attendees arrived ready to learn from each other and international experts the current state of criminal justice in ASEAN at large, and within their respective nations.
As part of the interactive training methodology, participants were asked to give brief presentations highlighting current laws in their own countries that uphold the rights of the accused, specifically early access to defense counsel. Experts from Singapore, Asia, and America introduced new methods of reviewing and analyzing evidence from a criminal case to provide the greatest access to accurate information. Advocacy and negotiation skills complemented the leadership development and criminal justice review.