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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.

Revised Guidelines on the Deputation of Environment and Natural Resources Officers

Republic of the Philippines,

This resource contains the revised guidelines on the deputation of environment and natural resources officers in the Philippines.

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.

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.

Standard Intake Form for Citizenship Cases

Lawyers National Campaign for Elimination of Caste Discrimination (LANCAU),

This resource is a case management form used to document information for clients who do not have citizenship in Nepal.

National Legal Aid Council of Moldova Primary Legal Aid Register Form

National Legal Aid Council of Moldova,

This resource is a case management form used by the National Legal Aid Council of Moldova to register legal aid assistance provided by a paralegal.

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,…

Groundtruthing – A Journey from Law to Environmental Justice

Posted by Vivek Trivedi in General

“The community actually said that the ‘air is so bad and the water is so bad that we can neither cook nor make tea.’” This line, sobering in its daily reality, was delivered at a recent webinar entitled Building Evidence for Justice – Groundtruthing Environmental Compliance, by Kanchi Kohli, Legal Research Director at the CPR-Namati…

Bringing Law to Life: Paralegal Interventions in Natural Resource Exploitation

Posted by Sonkita Conteh in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Land & Natural Resources

Introduction When a diamond mining company closed its operations in Mofuwe Village, in the south of Sierra Leone, it left behind three mined-out pits the size of several football pitches, a collapsed bridge, a blocked stream and an uncompleted community school building. It was as if the villagers woke up one morning and the company…

New book on protecting community lands and resources in Africa from Namati and Natural Justice

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Resources & Research

In 2013, a group of 20 expert advocates from across Africa gathered for a three-day symposium to share experiences and practical strategies for effectively supporting communities to protect their lands and natural resources. The symposium illuminated many similarities between the types of threats to communities’ land and natural resource claims, as well as underlying factors that drive and exacerbate…

Community Paralegals and the Legal Empowerment Approach to Statelessness

Posted by Laura Goodwin in Citizenship

Community Paralegals and the Legal Empowerment Approach to Statelessness Mohammad Javed is an Urdu-speaking entrepreneur living in the middle of Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Looking to grow his business, Mohammad decided to travel to India to start importing spare auto-rickshaw parts for his own repairs and to sell to others. Yet Mohammad was…

OpEd: A Citizenship Sea-Change in Bangladesh

Posted by Bremen Donovan in Citizenship

The Daily Star in Bangladesh printed an OpEd by Namati’s friend Bremen Donovan to coincide with a conference on Statelessness attended by Namati and its partner the Council of Minorities. It is one of the first times the wider Bengali public have been exposed to the work of paralegals from the Urdu-speaking community. The OpED…

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