Access to legal education is a cornerstone of increasing public defender capacity around the world. With these tools, IBJ aims to create a universal standard for defence practice.
Since 2010 has offered on-demand interactive eLearning courses, training lawyers to represent defendants in the criminal justice system. Tailored to train lawyers worldwide with increased competence in legal representation, eLearning resources focus on skills-building, including client interview skills, cross examination tactics, and legal intervention for prevention of custodial torture. They are designed to provide a common, consistent level of understanding and knowledge among defenders throughout the world, reflecting both local laws and international human rights standards.
Today, IBJ has over 160 e-Learning modules available for lawyers in 22 different countries. Whether you are a lawyer in India, Cameroon or Rwanda, IBJ eLearning offers you an invaluable opportunity to hone your legal skills through online training. Crucial concepts are captured through online video, narrated slideshows, short quizzes and other multimedia tools.
IBJ eLearning not only provides modules honing lawyers’ legal skills, it also contains an extensive database of IBJ-developed resources. These include Defender Resource Manuals designed for Burundi, China, Rwanda and Zimbabwe, Defender Scorecards, Criminal Justice System Scorecards, and Legal Needs Assessment reports. All resources can be downloaded for free.
Many lawyers in developing countries still cannot find even the most basic resources such as penal and procedural codes. It is essential that those seeking to bring about systemic change are aware of current treaties, international human rights norms, local laws and the creative approaches to criminal defense.
The DefenseWiki Library offers over 1000 pages of content across the 6 languages of the UN, for 106 countries and counting… The site has been used over 20 million times to date, rising each year.
IBJ’s DefenseWiki brings codes, treaties, case law and other resources to lawyers throughout the world. The website is based on the same software as Wikipedia, and joins criminal defense practitioners, other lawyers and legal professionals, law students, and professors together from around the world to conduct research and develop cases with the most up to date resource materials possible.
IBJ Defender Manuals
In places where IBJ has a full country program, it locally publishes a hardcopy Defender Manual as a helpful tool for practicing lawyers to use on the go in their daily work. Where possible we digitise these manuals to reach lawyers even in remote communities – online or through USB drives that are passed out at national training events.