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A Few Interventions and Offerings from Five Movement Lawyers to the Access to Justice Movement

Jennifer Ching, Thomas B. Harvey, Meena Jagannath, Purvi Shah, Blake Strode,

We are five lawyers who occupy very different corners of justice work. We are civil rights, human rights, and criminal defense lawyers, and we have worked at and managed legal services programs. We have taught law at law schools and universities and have built our own organizations. We currently work in interdisciplinary spaces with community…

Task Force on Justice Innovating Working Group Report

HiiL Innovating Justice, Taskforce on Justice,

This is the report of the Innovation Working Group of the Task Force on Justice.  The Innovation Working Group was asked to review the evidence of unmet justice needs, explore the potential for innovation, explore the investment possibilities for promising innovation areas, provide parameters for enhancing innovation for SDG16.3, and to make recommendations on these…

Justice In Government Toolkit

American University Justice Programs Office,

Civil legal aid is free legal assistance to those who cannot afford it, whether provided through direct services or court-based self-help centers, community education, medical-legal partnerships, and online information. Legal aid can help to improve the quality and efficiency of government programs, increase access to justice, and achieve policy outcomes and priorities. This Toolkit helps government policymakers,…

Sustainable Development Goal 16.9: ‘Legal Identity’ Nationality and Statelessness

Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion,

This booklet introduces key concepts that can be adopted by Legal identity practitioners to protect vulnerable and marginalized groups. It also explains flawed identity processes can cause and/ or perpetuate statelessness. Finally, it presents some strategies to help ensure statelessness is effectively addressed through inclusive and human rights based development policies on legal identity If…

Guía para Trabajadores Comunitarios Cómo Documentar la Nacionalidad y Otras Formas de Identidad Jurídica

Namati y Open Society Justice Initiative, en cooperación con UNHCR,

Actualmente, 1.100 millones de personas en el mundo no cuentan con documentos que acrediten su identidad legal. Sin esto, no pueden votar, acceder a atención de la salud o ir a la escuela, y se exponen al riesgo de ser apátridas. Puede haber comunidades enteras—sobre todo de sectores de bajos recursos y miembros de minorías—sin…

Enhancing Customary Justice Systems in the Mau Forest, Kenya: A Strategy for Strengthening Women’s Land Rights

Deborah Espinosa, Florence Santos,

Kenya’s new Constitution guarantees all Kenyans the right to access justice, recognizes customary justice institutions to the extent they do not violate the Constitution, and prohibits gender discrimination in land matters. These provisions form the basis for the USAID-supported Kenya Justice Project, which piloted a model for improving women’s access to customary justice as a…

A Life with Dignity: Honduran Women Raising Voices to Improve Labour Standards

Juan-Carlos Arita, Oxfam Great Britain,

This paper shows how CODEMUH (Colectiva de Mujeres Hondureñas), a grassroots women’s collective in Honduras, mobilised a popular movement around labour rights in the country’s textile factories, or maquilas. Focusing on occupational health, CODEMUH ran a campaign which included research, training, and advocacy workshops for the women themselves, building alliances locally, nationally, and internationally, and…

Legal Reform, Externalities and Economic Development: Measuring the Impact of Legal Aid on Poor Women in Ecuador

Bruce M. Owen, Jorge Portillo,

The authors assisted the World Bank in conducting an economic evaluation of the effectiveness of legal aid clinics for poor women in Ecuador. The legal aid clinics were a small part of a project to promote legal and judicial reform (LJR) in Ecuador, in turn part of a World Bank initiative to promote such reforms throughout…

The Right to Information for Marginalized Groups: The Experience of Proyecto Comunidades in Mexico (prisons)

Juan Pablo Guerrero Amparán, Maylí Sepúlveda Toledo,

In 2005, Mexico’s Federal Freedom of Information Institute (Instituto Federal de Aceso a la Información Pública, IFAI) requested a grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to develop the Proyecto Comunidades (the Communities Project). It sought to give marginalized communities an understanding of the right to information as a way to empower their residents vis-à-vis the authorities. The…

Promoting Women’s Rights by Indigenous Means: An Innovative Project in Kenya

Tanja Chopra,

This is a report written by Justice for the Poor, a World Bank global research and development program which is aimed at informing, designing and supporting pro-poor approaches to justice reform. Western institutions and systems of justice have developed as a result of socio-political processes, historical events and philosophical debates that have taken place over many centuries. Such systems therefore resonate with European societies, but when…

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