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Informal Justice Systems: Charting a Course for Human Rights-Based Engagement

This study seeks to identify how engagement with informal justice systems can build greater respect and protection for human rights. It highlights the considerations that development partners should have when assessing whether to implement programmes involving informal justice systems, the primary consideration being that engagement with the informal justice systems neither directly nor inadvertently reinforces existing societal or structural discrimination – a consideration that applies to working with formal justice systems as well. The study also examines the value of informal justice systems in offering, in certain contexts, flexible structures and processes, cost-effectiveness and outreach to grassroots communities.

Commissioned by UNDP, UNICEF and UN Women, the study involved a comprehensive literature review and  country-specific case studies. Qualitative and quantitative data collection was carried out in Bangladesh, Ecuador, Malawi, Niger, Papua New Guinea and Uganda.

Uploaded on: Jan 29, 2013
Last Updated: Dec 08, 2015
Year Published: 2012

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Resource Type: Practitioner Resources Issues: Children's Rights, Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Family, Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Legal Aid & Public Interest Law, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights Tool Type: Reports / Research Method: Mediation & Conflict Resolution, Strengthening Customary Justice Systems Languages: English Regions: > Global