The acting president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has congratulated the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, on his conferment with the 2018 Michael Hill Prize by the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law (ISRCL) in Montreal, Canada.
Osinbajo, in a congratulatory message remarked that the award was in recognition of Onnoghen’s commitment to the development of the country’s judicial system.
“It is heart-warming to see the Your Lordship’s hard work and commitment to deepening reforms for a more effective administration of Justice system in the country has received international attention and commendation from such a prestigious association,” said Osinbajo in a statement.
The chief justice was honoured at the 31st conference of the ISRCL, an international non-governmental association of judges, legislators, lawyers, academics, governmental officials, police and corrections professionals.
The 31st conference of the ISRCL held July 16 – 18, 2018 in Montreal, Canada discussed the theme ‘The Scourge of Trafficking in the 21st Century: Trafficking in humans, drugs, wildlife, and trafficking in antiquities to fund terrorism.’
Chaired by Chief Justice Nicole Duval Hesler of the Court of Appeal of Quebec, the conference tackled the many issues surrounding trafficking in humans, wildlife, drugs, firearms and antiquities.
It also examined trafficking as a source of funding for terrorists and organized crime.
The focus included the scope of the problem, enforcement strategies, legislative reforms and policies, international responses, extradition and evidentiary issues.