Stanley Ibe

Revisiting the Internal Citizenship Question in Nigeria: The Role of Democratic Institutions

Enhancing Access to Justice for Pretrial Detainees in Nigeria

Mr. Stanley Ibe is a human rights attorney working for the Open Society Justice Initiative in Nigeria. Over the last decade and a half, his work has traversed the profit and nonprofit sectors across national and international frontiers. He has played an active role in advocacy, leading to the adoption of regional standards on policing and pretrial detention by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. He also has valuable experience litigating human rights cases before national and regional courts. Mr. Ibe was educated in Lagos, Maastricht, and Turku, with degrees in law and postgraduate diplomas in international protection of human rights and socioeconomic rights. In 2014, he was a Draper Hills Summer Fellow at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. His writings have appeared in the African Human Rights Law Journal, the African Journal of International Criminal Justice, and the Pan-African Yearbook of Law, among other journals. During his fellowship, Mr. Ibe is examining Nigeria’s pretrial justice system, with an eye to identifying potential reforms to the country’s Police Duty Solicitors Scheme, an innovative criminal justice initiative that aims to reduce the number of pretrial detainees and the length of pretrial detention.