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JU,S Jurídico Social

Farol, East Timor
Joined August 2018

JU,S Jurídico Social - the social side of the law. A Timor-Leste social enterprise focusing legal support and capacity building on human rights, women rights and access to justice.

Presence in: East Timor
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Education, Family, Gender-based violence, Right to Information, Women's Rights


JU,S is a social enterprise with a mission to support the strengthening of human rights in Timor-Leste and other developing countries, through improved legal framework and a legal approach to rights guarantees.

JU,S aims at contributing to the implementation of systemic solutions to promote sustainable enjoyment of human rights in order to bring positive impact to people’s lives. Our vision includes the empowerment of individuals, groups and communities to effectively participate in the development of their country.


Established in the end of 2017, JU,S is the result of the willingness of three highly experienced legal professionals who decided to get together to provide specialized legal services on human rights relevant areas in Timor-Leste. JU,S is, in fact, a not-for-profit private sector organization, having enshrined in its Statute the establishment of a pro bono fund to support local NGOs and community-based groups in demanding the enforcement of their human rights and increasing their capacity to use the legal avenues to promote their missions.

JU,S is lead by two female lawyers who have worked tirelessly to support gender equality and rights based approach in Timor-Leste.

People Associated With This Organization

Barbara Oliveira

JU,S Jurídico Social
Joined August 2018
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Gender-based violence, Right to Information, Traditional / Customary Justice
I am a legal expert with experience in post conflict countries in the areas of human rights protection, access to justice and legal framework development. I have for more than 20 years worked in the area of human rights, with 15 years of work in Timor-Leste. Development of legal research and provision of advisory legal services, including legislation drafting and analysis, are regular daily activities. I have worked with local and international NGOs and public institutions (including NHRI), UN agencies and mission, and others.
I studied law in South Africa and have a Masters degree on human rights and democratization from EUIC programme. I have recently co-authored a book about human rights in East Timor.
Recently I have joined forces with two timorese lawyers to establish JU,S Jurídico Social, a social enterprise focusing on human rights and access to justice. JU,S is starting to develop programmes aimed at legal empowerment and we are interested in connecting with other organizations
Barbara Oliveira is the network champion (main point of contact) for JU,S Jurídico Social.

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