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Justice Systems Matter for Development


A justice system comprises institutions concerned with the peaceful resolution of breaches of law or disputes over citizen rights and obligations. People in all communities aspire to living in a fair society in which power is not exercised arbitrarily and where basic rights are respected. Justice institutions are important in determining the extent to which these societal expectations are realized, including expectations that laws are effectively implemented; and that justice services and processes are fair and accessible to all. :: More  

 

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New Justice & Development Working Paper: Community-Based Paralegalism in the Philippines: From Social Movements to Democratization

This paper discusses the history, nature, and scope of paralegal work in the Philippines, based on the experience of 12 organizations that are active in the training and development of community-oriented paralegals.

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Rule of Law and Post-2015: A Menu Approach

A new blog post from Nicholas Menzies illustrates how a global menu of justice targets and indicators can be used to account for local needs and priorities in the post-2015 development framework.

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New Justice & Development Working Paper: Examining the Effectiveness of Legal Empowerment as a Pathway out of Poverty: A Case Study of BRAC

This piece examines the current status of justice and dispute-resolution mechanisms in Bangladesh, ranging from the formal justice system to the traditional shalish (a form of dispute
resolution), and focuses on the costs and benefits of utilizing NGO-led legal services programs as an alternative form of justice delivery and dispute resolution for the poor, with a focus on women and girls.

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Announcing Just Development

Just Development is a new series of 4-page notes focused on justice in development. Each month, this series will provide a curated series of brief, yet informative and thought provoking, case studies, lessons and essays to share knowledge and stimulate debate on how development practitioners can promote effective justice institutions.

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New Justice & Development Working Paper: Public-Private Partnerships in Prison Construction and Management

This report explores public-private partnerships in the prison field. The paper concludes that while specific evidence from low income countries is limited, there may be significant risks attached to private prisons where robust legislative and regulatory frameworks are less developed. To address these risks, a full analysis of the needs of a country's criminal justice system is required. 

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New Justice & Development Working Paper: Developing Specialized Court Services: International Experiences and Lessons Learned

This report outlines the international experiences and good practices related to establishing specialized courts and creating the associated judicial expertise. It addresses requirements for specialization, appropriate specialization models, and the approaches to training and selecting judges for special assignments. The paper also outlines the next steps a jurisdiction might take to examine the potential need and demand for further specialized judicial services.

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New Justice & Development Working Paper: Caseflow Management: Key Principles and the Systems to Support Them

Caseflow management has emerged to become the central method of promoting greater court responsibility and accountability for efficient case processing. This paper helps develop a basic understanding of caseflow management, presents different case management information systems, and outlines the core steps a judicial system can take to plan for, select, and implement case management software.

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Grievance as a Public Good

Grievance as a Public Good

Grievances can function as a public good, providing for the benefit and well-being of all members of a community. A new blog post discusses how grievances can help hold governments accountable for service delivery, and ways to address the obstacles that prevent citizens from raising grievances.

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New Justice & Development Working Paper: Hybrid Justice in Vanuatu: The Island Courts

Island Courts have been in operation in Vanuatu since 1984, yet little is known at the state governance level about their real circumstances. This report presents the findings of fieldwork research on the practical operations of island courts in Vanuatu, and their use by ni-Vanuatu.

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Are impact evaluations useful for justice reforms in developing countries?

The application of impact evaluations to justice reform activities is a nascent but growing field. This post explores the relevance of impact evaluations to justice projects, and suggests key focus areas and guiding principles for impact evaluations in the justice sector.

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New MENA Quick Note: Justice Sector Services and the Poor in Jordan

A new installment in the MENA Quick Notes Series, "Justice Sector Services and the Poor in Jordan: Determining Needs and Priorities," was released in May 2013. This publication analyzes the findings of a household survey focusing on the justice sector of 10,000 households in Jordan.

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 New Directions in Justice Reform – An Updated World Bank Strategy for Governance and Anti-Corruption


On March 27, 2012, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved an updated governance and anticorruption strategy, issued under the title, Strengthening Governance, Tackling Corruption: The World Bank Group’s Updated Strategy and Implementation Plan, March 6, 2012. As part of the preparatory process, several companion piece documents were developed to inform the strategy in specific areas important to the Bank’s development mandate. ::
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Last updated: 2013-05-08




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