Between 2012 and 2015, an international team of researchers undertook a program of research on the nature, attainments, problems and prospects of Canadian-Nigerian human rights engagements. This research program was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security at York University, the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Abuja, Nigeria, and the Centre for Social Justice, Abuja, Nigeria. The researchers were mostly affiliated to the last four institutions. The impetus for the project was the dearth of scholarly (as opposed to policy or anecdotal) literature on these questions, despite a long history of bilateral relations and human rights engagements between both countries. The research investigated Canadian-Nigerian human rights engagements in the following much more specific six sub-themes: children’s rights, women’s rights, economic/social rights, democratization, refugee protection, and international criminal justice.

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