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The Governance and Justice Group

Monchique, Portugal
Joined February 2012
Presence in: Portugal

The Governance and Justice Group (GJG) is a non-profit organization bringing together individual practitioners who take an innovative and community-focused approach to the promotion of international human rights standards, practice and principles of good governance.

What we deliver includes:


• Advice and assistance on access to justice and issues of good governance
• Political and security analysis including risk assessments and specific sectoral analyses
• Tailor-made capacity- and institution-building
• Research and data collection


These services are designed to assist in assessing current trends, and support policy formulation and advocacy. The aim is to develop and disseminate good practices and local knowledge and to apply these to address the real and practical challenges facing justice, security and governance institutions and the people who use them.


We take a down-to-earth, pragmatic and solution-oriented approach in order to address these challenges and support institutions and others involved in reforming the areas of justice, security and governance. We place strong emphasis on ensuring that people have a voice and are able to access judicial and other institutions.


We are a multi-disciplinary group of highly experienced practitioners. Our work is grounded in reality and offers relevant and pertinent recommendations for reform and change. The GJG places emphasis on open communication, effective co-ordination and co-operation with and through others.


The GJG actively links up with individuals, institutions and organizations who share the same goals. We have close relations with universities in North America, Europe and Asia. We also maintain professional links with the Bar and Law Societies of a number of countries; and institutional links with a range of development agencies, international and national NGOs, and inter-governmental organisations. The GJG is registered in Portugal. The GJG comprises a number of associates, fellows and affiliates around the world.

People Associated With This Organization

Brenda Brainch

The Governance and Justice Group (Unverified)
Joined March 2017
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Traditional / Customary Justice
Independent Mediator and consultant in informal justice systems, and manager of dispute resolution processes between communities and large-scale projects. I have a particular interest and experience in expanding legal aid systems to understand and include community-based mediation.
Brenda Brainch is the network champion (main point of contact) for The Governance and Justice Group.

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