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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.

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.

WaterLex Toolkit

WaterLex,

The WaterLex Toolkit aims at assisting development practitioners in effectively contributing to the realization of the human right to water and sanitation in the country of intervention. It provides a methodology and associated tools to assist bilateral and multilateral cooperation agencies and NGOs in the development of strategies and projects integrating human rights standards and principles and positively…

African Human Rights Case Law Analyser

Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa, Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems,

The African Human Rights Case law Analyser (CLA) is a joint project of the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) and Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems (HURIDOCS). Its principal aim is to promote human rights in Africa by filling the information lacuna on the African Human Rights System using the most…

Interpreting Land Markets in Africa

Jean-Philippe Colin, Philip Woodhouse,

Questions about land markets are central to development policy, as underlined in the 2008 World Development Report. In particular, markets in which land rights are transferred on a temporary or permanent basis are seen as playing a key role in the redistribution of land to more efficient users, thus increasing productivity and employment. In this view, any negative effects…

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…

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.

The Role of Law Firms in Increasing Access to Justice Globally

Posted by Sara Andrews in Resisting Injustice Blog Series

The following post is the second installment of the 12-part blog series, “Resisting Injustice“. The project brings together a collection of voices, from civil servants to comedians, to discuss why now, more than ever, we need to prioritize access to justice and how we can best do this together. —————————————————————————————————— The Role of Law Firms…

Financing Justice – an article by Namati’s CEO in Foreign Policy

Posted by Namati in General, Namati News

  The law should be accessible to everyone. The international community agreed to this when they adopted the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but the funding needed to make it a reality has not materialized. With authoritarianism on the rise worldwide, finding a solution to the funding gap is now more critical than ever. Namati’s CEO,…

Launching the “Resisting Injustice” Blog Series

Posted by Namati in Namati News, Resisting Injustice Blog Series

It’s been hard to watch the news recently. With the growing refugee crisis, rise of populism, increase in vigilante justice, and birth of “alternative facts”, the legal empowerment community is facing huge challenges all around the world. Key allies who have helped support and finance access to justice seem to be turning away. But we…

The Economist: “Poor Law – The Rise of Paralegals”

Posted by The Economist in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, General

GODFREY EBREYU has a captive audience, in every sense. A throng of inmates has gathered in the prison yard in Gulu, northern Uganda, as he explains the intricacies of plea-bargaining. Like 55% of prisoners in Uganda, these men are awaiting trial; some have been here for years. They are still asking questions when, at four…

2016 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship – Namati and the Global Network named as recipients

Posted by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Namati News

We are pleased to announce that Namati and the Global Legal Empowerment Network are among the recipients of the 2016 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. According to the Skoll Foundation, the award is presented to leaders or organizations that are disrupting the status quo, driving large-scale “equilibrium” change, and are poised to create even greater…

Leveraging the Law Is the New Way to Help the World’s Poor

Posted by Take Part Media in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment, Land & Natural Resources

The role that community paralegals play in supporting and protecting coastal communities in southern India is explored in this feature by TakePart media. Read the full story here.  

President Koroma Declared ‘Honorary Paralegal’ as he Launches Legal Aid Board

Posted by Daniel Sesay in General

President Koroma of Sierra Leone has strongly committed his government’s support to legal aid and the work of paralegals. He made the announcement during the formal launch of the legal aid board that Namati helped bring into existence in Freetown on Thursday 19th November 2015. Namati and other civil society groups advocated for the passage of the…

Recommendations for addressing bribery in the health sector

Posted by Namati Mozambique in Health

Namati Mozambique has produced an essential guide for patients and specialist on how to avoid bribery in the Mozambican health sector. The guide contains a series of recommendations for both policy and practice focused on the identification, prevention and combat of bribery in the health sector in Mozambique. It is a practical tool that can be used by patients,…

India’s Quest for Power

Posted by Kanchi Kohli in Environment

Namati’s Kanchi Kohli on how India’s ‘balance’ of industrialisation and ecological protection actually looks at the ground level. “The lives of people living in coastal or forest ecosystems are likely to change drastically if one is to go by the number of power plants going up in India today. Each company seeking permission to operate a coal mine…

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