Reinventing the Rules

Discover the Latest Innovations and Lessons Learned in Rule of Law and Legal Empowerment Projects

5 Unique Ways Legal Aid Organizations in the US are Assisting Low-Income Communities

From sustainability to economic empowerment, check out these 5 ways legal aid is assisting clients

November 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mental Health Clinics for Courthouse & Jail Show Promising Results

Learn how this new pilot program offering mental health services at the courthouse and near a jail is helping to reduce the prison population.

May 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

5 Mobile Tech Innovations in the Rule of Law Sector

From Malaysia to the DRC, check out these 5 innovative ideas that are assisting prison officials, police, survivors of sexual and gender-based violence and more.

November 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

7 Online Initiatives to Expand Access to Justice

From skype to e-conferences and virtual consultations, check out how different organizations around the world are expanding access to justice.

July 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

4 Ways Mobile Phones are Increasing Access to Justice

From Bolivia to Indonesia, check out 4 ways mobile phones have helped people with everything from land rights to court transparency.

June 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

6 Innovative Justice Projects on GBV, Police, Pretrial Detention, and FOIA

Check out these new and innovative programs that use phones and other methods to address access to justice for GBV, pretrial detention, and more.

April 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Kyrgyzstan Creates Independent Civil Society Council to Prevent Torture of Pre-Trial Detainees

Kyrgyzstan is the first country in Central Asia to adopt a law monitoring places of detention.

April 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

South East Europe Creates Regional Database to Track Cases by the European Court of Human Rights

The first rule of law forum in South East Europe introduced a new database to monitor ECtHR jurisprudence with case law reproduced in the region’s different languages.

April 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Indonesians Use Webinar to Share Experiences Working on Indigenous & Peasants Rights

Learn how two legal empowerment practitioners in Indonesia are sharing lessons learned working on indigenous and peasants rights.

March 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Importance of Social Entrepreneurship Skills for Rule of Law Practitioners

Learn why lawyers and rule of law professionals need to think as social entrepreneurs and innovators to strengthen post-conflict justice systems.

December 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Kenyan Village Uses Twitter to Stop Crimes

Talk about innovative! Find out how a Kenyan chief has reduced crime in his village by employing twitter.

December 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Women in Sri Lanka Create Mobile Network to Share Social, Health & Legal News

Learn how women created their own news outlet via SMS to share pertinent information for other women on gender based violence incidents, land registration, and critical health services.

November 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

An Innovative Approach to Reforming Prison Systems

Check out how 4 countries have redefined their prison systems to reduce crime and prepare inmates to re-enter society.

October 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Promoting Legal Literacy for Women in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, this program teaches women about the rights they’re entitled to while demystifying government bureaucracy and access to legal aid.

August 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Using Popular Culture to Build Rule of Law in Chile

Learn how Proyecto ACCESO used techniques from US and Russia in the 20th century to promote rule of law through popular culture in South America.

August 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Filling Access to Justice Gaps Through Churches

This program is one of the first of its kind in the US to provide free legal aid in civil cases through churches in Tennessee

July 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mobile Survey Enables Citizens to Evaluate Delivery of Justice in Niger

In Niger, 46,000 people have provided feedback via SMS on their experience with the judicial system.

July 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Nigerian Youth Host Twitter Conference to Review the Constitution

An innovative event to mobilize and empower Nigerian youth to speak up about their Constitution!

June 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Justice on Wheels: Helping Youth in the Philippines

A courtroom and a mediation center inside a bus? This program gives new meaning to the term mobile courts!

May 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Health Clinic and Legal Aid Groups Partner to Address HIV/AIDS Discrimination

Mississippi might be among the worst states to provide legal services to its population, but a new partnership aims to address discrimination faced by HIV/AIDS patients.

May 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Constitution: There’s an App for That

Learn how a Constitution app for smartphones are empowering people to learn about their rights and seek accountability.

May 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Lawyers in Libraries: An Access to Justice Project in the US

Lawyers abroad aren’t the only ones implementing innovative access to justice programs. Check out what lawyers in Maine are doing to make legal aid more accessible to the public.

May 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

Local Community Molds the Law to Alleviate Health Issues

In Sierra Leone, informal compacts or ‘bylaws’ created among community members has allowed them to design, implement, and enforce their own mechanisms to improve health care needs.

April 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Paralegals Assisting Informal Justice Systems in Zambia

In Zambia, an innovative project enables paralegals trained in the formal court system to help local tribal courts with incoming cases.

April 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

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