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A Right-Based Approach to Lawyering: Legal Empowerment as an Alternative to Legal Aid in Post-Disaster Haiti

Meena Jagannath , Nicole Phillips, Jeena Shah,

  This resource is from the Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights, Volume 10, Issue 1, Article 2, Fall 2011. As traditional legal assistance to marginalized communities tends to be top-down and exclusionary, much like the traditional distribution of humanitarian aid, human rights lawyers in Haiti seek to apply the rights-based approach to their lawyering—providing “legal…

Philippines’ Department of Agrarian Reform Adjudication Board (DARAB) Rules of Procedure

Republic of the Philippines,

This resource contains the Republic of the Philippines’ Department of Agrarian Reform Adjudication Board’s (DARAB) rules of procedure for 2009.

The 2014 Revised Rules of Procedure before the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples

Republic of the Philippines,

This resource contains the 2014 revised rules of procedure for cases filed before the Republic of the Philippines’ National Commission on Indigenous Peoples.

Popular Attitudes towards Dispute Processing in Urban and Rural China

Ethan Michelson, Foundation for Law, Justice and Society,

Decades of research in the field of law and society reveals the fallacy of conflating the ‘legal’ and the ‘justice’ systems. Law is but one means, far from the most important means, of resolving disputes and obtaining justice. Moreover, law is far more than official state law, including also unofficial customary law. The simultaneous existence…

Community Justice: Ontario

Open Society Foundation,

On the second Tuesday of every month in a small store-front office in the town of Bancroft, in eastern Ontario, two lawyers offer legal advice to mostly low-income clients with a range of mostly everyday problems: arguments with a landlord; disputes with an employer; difficulties claiming social assistance; and much more. The advice is free, and…

Myanmar National Paralegal Network: A report on its inception and launch

Myanmar National Paralegal Network, Namati,

This report summarizes the building and launch of the Myanmar National Paralegal Network. Each Network Working Group completed their respective section and Namati edited these for clarity and publication. An Myanmar language version of this report can be found here.

Myanmar National Paralegal Network: A report on its inception and launch (Myanmar language)

Myanmar National Paralegal Network, Namati,

This report in Myanmar langugae summarizes the building and launch of the Myanmar National Paralegal Network. Each Network Working Group completed their respective section and Namati edited these for clarity and publication. An English version of this report can be found here.

African Human Rights Case Law Analyser

Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa, Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems,

The African Human Rights Case law Analyser (CLA) is a joint project of the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) and Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems (HURIDOCS). Its principal aim is to promote human rights in Africa by filling the information lacuna on the African Human Rights System using the most…

National Legal Aid Council of Moldova Paralegal Job Description

National Legal Aid Council of Moldova,

This resource is a job description for a paralegal position used by the National Legal Aid Council of Moldova.

National Legal Aid Council of Moldova Paralegal Activity Monitoring Description Form

National Legal Aid Council of Moldova,

This resource is a case management form used by the National Legal Aid Council of Moldova that allows for a monitor to review a paralegal’s activity.

New Handbook for Environment Justice Practitioners in India

Posted by Namati in Environment

Handbook on Legal and Administrative Remedies for Community Level Environment Justice Practitioners in India   The Centre for Policy Research-Namati Environmental Justice Program has produced an indispensable new handbook that helps environment justice practitioners in India to identify and use appropriate legal clauses and institutional routes in their work.  Environment justice practitioners, or grassroots environment paralegals,…

President Koroma Declared ‘Honorary Paralegal’ as he Launches Legal Aid Board

Posted by Daniel Sesay in General

President Koroma of Sierra Leone has strongly committed his government’s support to legal aid and the work of paralegals. He made the announcement during the formal launch of the legal aid board that Namati helped bring into existence in Freetown on Thursday 19th November 2015. Namati and other civil society groups advocated for the passage of the…

Exploring the community level impact of paralegals in rural Sierra Leone

Posted by Sonkita Conteh in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

This article originally appeared in Sierra Express Media. Introduction A previous article by the author explored the work and impact of community-based paralegals in the lives of ordinary people in rural areas, through the lens of a number of case studies depicting real life justice problems of individuals and how paralegals helped resolve them. That effort…

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