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LAWPADI: Experimenting with Business Models to Provide Legal Services to Nigerians at Scale

+Acumen, Open Society Justice Initiative,

This case study explores the efforts of Tunde Ibidapo-Obe, founder Lawpadi, to develop a business model to fund an online platform for legal services in Nigeria. Initially, Tunde imagined Lawpadi could have a vetted panel of lawyers that they could refer customers to and charge a commission fee in exchange. When it became clear that…

Centre for Community Justice and Development: Using Innovative Financing to Sustain Legal Empowerment Work in South Africa

+Acumen, Open Society Justice Initiative,

This case study follows the story of Winnie Martens, founding director of the Centre for Community Justice (CCJD) in South Africa, as she shaped the organization into a nonprofit social enterprise focused on the intertwined mission of “justice” and “development” for local communities surrounding The University of KwaZulu-Natal. Today, the organization supports a network of…

Justice Policy Series, Part 1: Access to Justice

Open Government Partnership, Joseph Foti, Jessica Hickle, Maha Jweied,

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) provides an opportunity for government and civil society reformers to make government more transparent, participatory, and accountable. Working together, government and civil society co-create two-year action plans with concrete commitments across a broad range of issues that are then monitored by OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM). Until recently, access to…

Birth Registration in Emergencies: A Review of Best Practices in Humanitarian Action

Plan International ,

Registering a birth is the first legal acknowledgement of a child’s existence; without proof of identity a child is invisible to the authorities. In many countries a birth certificate is a key document to gain access to basic services and to exercise fundamental human rights. In emergency situations, a child´s vulnerability to abuse is very…

Update on Marriage Registration for Refugees from Syria: Understanding the Procedures and Identifying the Challenges Faced by Refugees when Registering Marriages in Lebanon

Norwegian Refugee Council ,

This update provides an overview of the legal requirements for getting married and for marriage registration, particularly as it affects refugees in Lebanon.

Child Protection Issue Brief: Birth Registration

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),

This briefing note outlines key actions that can be taken by UNCHR and its partners to ensure access to birth registration for all children.

A Passport to Protection: A Guide to Birth Registration Programming


This handbook provides those working on birth registration with the background, general principles and programming process. The guide is divided into three main chapters: Understanding birth registration in the context of civil registration sets the scene for the rest of the guide, discussing why birth registration matters in the lives of children. It provides an…

Statelessness and Displacement: Scoping Paper

Norwegian Refugee Council , Tilburg University ,

This report will provide a preliminary analysis of how statelessness impacts those who have been forcibly displaced not just from Syria, but throughout the world.

Manual de procedimiento de mediación en el derecho de la niñez y adolescencia

María Munné Tomàs, María Teresa Albavi Rodríguez,

El presente manual es el texto del procedimiento de mediación en el derecho de la niñez y la adolescencia. Se refieren los aspectos jurídicos, psicológicos y metodológicos de dicho procedimiento, cuando el objeto de controversia entre partes confrontadas en un conflicto que implica directamente a los derechos de un niño o a un adolescente. La mediación…

Manual Curso de Formación de Formadores para Mediadores en Derecho Civil y de Familia

Gregor Maass,

La presente guía ha sido desarrollada en el marco de la consultoría “Formación de formadores para mediadores en derecho civil y de familia en Nicaragua” para el programa EUROsociAL II, en cooperación con la Conferencia de Ministros de Justicia de los Países Iberoamericanos (COMJIB) y la Dirección de la Resolución Alterna de Conflictos (DIRAC) de…

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