Nicaragua: Law Students Learn About Labor Rights

In November 2018, NCSC organized four workshops on labor and business law through the Program to Strengthen the Rule of Law in Nicaragua. The five-day workshops were attended by a total of 157 students from law schools across the country. Many of the students had never been exposed to labor law despite being in their final year of legal studies. The workshop provided an ideal opportunity for the students to familiarize themselves with labor and business law subjects.

Topics covered by the workshops included the initiation of legal proceedings, the definitions and different types of working days, the ways in which a labor relation may end, the main elements of a labor-related lawsuit, litigation techniques, and how to build a case theory in labor law cases. Mock-trial exercises provided students with the opportunity to apply what they learned in simulated cases, taking on different roles in labor procedures: the judge, witnesses, workers, and employers. A fifth-year law student who previously attended an NCSC course, had this to say about his experience: “The workshop has been very useful, in particular because of its emphasis on oral trials because I am also doing professional practice as a public defender on matters related to family law.”  

The Program to Strengthen the Rule of Law in Nicaragua is funded by the U.S. State Department, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).