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

The study seeks to identify how engagement with Informal Justice Systems (IJS) 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 (IJS), the primary consideration being that engagement with the IJS 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 IJS in offering, in certain contexts, flexible structures and processes, cost effectiveness and outreach to grassroots communities.

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