Justice Reform

As a result, each body responds to a distinctive set of incentives and develops at its own, separate pace, although one that needs to be integrated into and is reliant on the greater whole. Strengthening one link in the criminal justice and security (CJS) chain in isolation merely creates pressures and fractures elsewhere. With this understanding comes the need to embrace the complexity of working across multiple institutions and at multiple levels.

Reform of the justice sector, therefore, will benefit from a thorough mapping initially of the criminal justice and security system of a country to feed into designing policies and strategies for reform. Analysing the dependencies and the effects of one part of the system onto other areas of the system will allow for better risk mitigation measures and plans for implementing desired reforms.

In most of the world, the vast majority of people access security and justice through traditional, customary or other non-state means. Consideration for customary justice therefore is part of a holistic understanding of the security and justice needs of a country, just as a gendered analysis of those needs is equally important to arriving at a full understanding. 

Selected Resources

ISSAT Knowledge Products

Our methodology and guidance takes into account good practice gathered by ISSAT and other practitioners during security and justice programming. ISSAT Knowledge Products include explanations of key concepts, recommended activities, and a constantly growing collection of case studiestools, examples and lessons.

In most of the world, the vast majority of people access security and justice through traditional, customary or other non-state means. Consideration for customary justice therefore is part of a holistic understanding of the security and justice needs of a country.  

Selected ISSAT Justice and Rule of Law Mandates

ISSAT mandates in justice range from support in justice programming to evaluations of projects carried out by governing board members, trainings and facilitation of multilateral discussions on rule of law and justice reform.