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China Community Paralegals: Recognition and Financing Research Brief


This research brief is part of a series that reviews the nature of the work undertaken by community paralegals, and the extent to which that work is recognized or funded by government. In China, “personnel” of legal aid institutions or “persons of other social organizations in accordance with the demand” may conduct legal aid. However, regulations do not…

Technology in Case Management for Legal Empowerment Work

The Engine Room, Open Society Justice Initiative ,

This report reviews how organisations in Indonesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Sierra Leone and South Africa are using technology and data to further their work on legal empowerment.  To do so, it assesses how organisations in Open Society Foundations’ Shared Framework collect, manage and analyse data on community based justice provision in those five countries, as well…

Equal Access to Justice for Persons with Disabilities in China

United Nations Development Programme,

This study explores the extent to which persons with disabilities (PWD) in China can effectively navigate the judicial system. Using Article 13 of the United Nations “Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” and China’s “Law on the Protection of Persons with Disabilities” and “Legal Aid Regulations” as analytical tools and reference points, the…

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…

Thirsting for Justice: Transparency and Poor People’s Struggle for Clean Water in Indonesia, Mongolia and Thailand 

The Access Initiative, World Resources Institute,

This resource from The Access Initiative (TAI) and World’s Resource Institute (WRI’s) is called Thirsting for Justice, Transparency and Poor People’s Struggle for Clean Water in Indonesia, Mongolia and Thailand. This publication looks at the right to information and access to clean water. The report reveals that, like many Asian countries, the governments of Indonesia, Mongolia and…

Joint Submission to the Human Rights Council at the 28th Session of the Universal Periodic Review

Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, Statelessness Network Asian Pacific,

The Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion and the Statelessness Network Asia Pacific collaborated with SNAP’s members in Japan to develop a joint submission to the Human Rights Council at the 28th Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in relation to statelessness, access to nationality and human rights in Japan. This was submitted on 30…

The Governance Evolution in Chinese Rural Areas and the Access to Justice — the Enlightenment of Legal Empowerment

Cheng Qian, Xu Yawen,

Abstract: The access to justice in rural China has encountered predicaments in evolution of governance structure. For instance, local legal agencies are incapable of providing legal services; the interference of political power and governance vacuum coexist; the legal elite in rural areas are rare and modern legal systems have often repressed traditional governance norms. From the perspective…

The Legal Empowerment Clinic: A Successful Combination of the Legal Clinic and Legal Empowerment

Xu Yawen, Cheng Qian,

Abstract: With the development of clinical legal education, legal clinics have begun to highlight its value in “social justice,” in addition to its value as a practical legal education model. When it is combined with the concept of legal empowerment, a new type of legal clinic, namely the legal empowerment clinic emerged. This combination is…

The role of lawyers in the social transformation: Lawyers in the Republic of China in the perspective of legal power

Cheng Qian,

Abstract: The lawyers in the Republic of China played important roles in the social transformation and modernization since the end of the Qing dynasty. They were regarded as “non-government legal officers” either by the law, the social cognition or the self-cognition of lawyers in this period. From the perspective of legal power, the conditions for their…

Empowering the Marginalized: Case Studies of Social Accountability Initiatives in Asia

Public Affairs Foundation, Karen Sirker, Sladjana Cosic,

Recent years have witnessed growing concerns about issues of governance and accountability in developing countries. An emergent need exists for identifying and promoting approaches toward building accountability that rely on civic engagement. This volume demonstrates that compared with other regions, social accountability initiatives across South and Southeast Asia have a much greater element of community…

Call for New Partners: Community Land Protection

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Community Land Protection, Environment, Namati News

Namati is looking for new partners to adapt our approach to support communities in their regions. Drawing on five years of research and field-testing, Namati and our partners have designed a powerful four-step process for protecting community lands and natural resources. Our approach supports communities to map their resources, harmonize boundaries, and formally register their…