Hello everyone, I’m interested in gathering more information on paralegal networks in Liberia. Which organizations support paralegals, if any? What topics have they been trained on? Are paralegals currently being used to support customary land rights?
Should the Land Rights Act pass, paralegals could play a critical role in raising awareness of land rights and of supporting the rights of vulnerable community members, especially women. I’d appreciate any thoughts or discussion on this topic.
Thanks for bringing this thread to my attention! As you may be aware, a revised version of the Land Rights Act has recently passed the Senate and is now before a joint committee. Thanks to the CSO Working Group’s years of dedication and hard work, the Act may finally be adopted.
Thanks for the inquest. I have been consulting with the House of Representative working to ensure that the Land Right Act got into structural perspective and got passed into law. We were successful to have it passed into law this September. We are hopeful stakeholders can begin designing programs for awareness. The Liberian Law Society has taken the lead in doing this and if you could contact them, you will have more vital information on paralegal groups who are involved.
Please contact Atty. Samual Kofi Woods to set up your meeting with the Liberia Law Society. His contact number is : +231777014812. I didn’t manage to obtain his email address. I will work to obtain it though.
Thank you, Nisaehkar! I’ll try to connect with him on my next trip. On another note, are you acquainted with my colleague, Emmanuel Urey? He moved back to Liberia in June to work with Landesa and has been active in the movement to pass the LRA.
I’m sorry I do not know or haven’t met Emmanuel Urey. However, I’m willing to look him up and meet with him if the clear information on how to locate him is provided. I guess this will be an opportunity for us to share more on this subject.