Non-state justice system is an umbrella term incorporating a multitude of heterogeneous actors and processes aimed at resolving conflict -primarily- in parallel to the formalized state system. These may exist with state approval and could- to varying degrees- be adopted into the formal system.

Traditional justice providers form an integral part of the socio-political landscape of many societies undergoing reform. While the benefits of traditional justice providers are increasingly acknowledged, the question of how the international community engages with them through SSR processes remains open. Our briefing note on Justice Delivery in Hybrid Environments explores the role of non-state justice actors and why donors should engage with non-state justice actors in their SSR programming. 

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