How Kosovo Is Becoming a Leader in Juvenile Justice Reform
Learn about the strides Kosovo is making to improve their juvenile justice system and how more work is needed to ensure public defenders are trained to keep up with the changes.
Interview with Leila Hanafi on How the Moroccan Diaspora is Pioneering Rule of Law Reform
Learn How the Moroccan Diaspora Has Been Getting Involved in Constitutional Reform
Interview with Lisa Denney on Donor Engagement with Informal Actors in the Justice & Security Sector
Learn why donors in the justice and security sector struggle to engage with customary officials and why informal actors may be more adaptable to change than the state.
Event Recap: War Crimes, Youth Activism and Memory in the Balkans
Learn about this scholar’s work on youth in the Balkans and the role they’re playing in remembering war crimes.
Common Misconceptions About Court Reform & How This Distorts Progress
Learn why viewing courts as anti-government or pro-government is too simplistic and how public norms allow courts to be more progressive in some areas but less so in other areas.
Interview with USAID’s Wade Channell on Rule of Law Reform
Learn what Wade had to say on future trends in the rule of law sector, how to publicize lessons learned, and USAID’s biggest challenges in re-defining rule of law work.
Event Recap: Rule of Law in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Learn what distinguished rule of law practitioners, the former International Development Secretary, and academics had to say on the importance of rule of law in the post-2015 UN development agenda.
Event Recap: Gender-Based Violence and Innovative Technologies
Learn how mobile apps have helped document GBV for court cases and how it provides resources to combat domestic violence and sexual assault.
Interview with Nimmi Gowrinathan on Women and Sexual Violence in Sri Lanka
Read what Dr. Gowrinathan had to say on barriers to reporting sexual violence and what institutions and tools would be helpful to combating it.
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.
Interview with Felicia Mburu on Promoting Children’s Rights in Kenya
Check out Felicia’s thoughts on working with young people, traditional leaders, and religious institutions on children’s rights. You can also learn what international training is needed now more than ever!
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.
How To Make Legal Empowerment Programs Sustainable
From recommendations on challenging power structures to the use of donor basket funds, learn what strategies can improve the sustainability of legal empowerment programs.
Improving Court Reform for People with Disabilities & Mental Health Needs
Check out this report by the UK Ministry of Justice on how police, lawyers, and court staff should address the needs of people with mental health and developmental disabilities.
Event Recap: The Relationship Between Rule of Law and Transitional Justice
Read a summary of this event hosted by the American Society for International Law on how transitional justice can contribute to strengthening rule of law reform.
Event Recap: The Role of Youth in Access to Justice
Read about two young attorney’s who have worked on access to justice initiatives for youth in Zimbabwe and Ethiopia and learn how mobile phones can improve access to justice.
The Role of Mass Media in Transitions to Democracy
This new report studies the effectiveness of media in Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East in helping countries transition to a democratic system.
The Impact of Rule of Law on Poverty and Development
A new report reviews the impact of rule of law initiatives on reducing poverty and boosting development and highlights which programs were successful and why.
Interview with Ndumba Kamwanyah on Juvenile Justice Reform in Namibia
Check out what Ndumba had to say on effective media strategies for the public and youth, how to incorporate restorative justice in juvenile courts, and the potential for international projects to undermine local initiatives.
Upcoming Event: The Role of Youth in Access to Justice
On October 17th, come listen to the CEO of Social Impact Lab Company, and two young attorney’s from Kenya and Ethiopia talk about the role of youth in access to justice!
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.
Horizontal Systems of Justice and Why They Matter
Learn about traditional justice systems that strengthen human rights and why imparting skills like media and institutional advocacy are essential.
Recommendations on Improving Evaluations in the Rule of Law Sector
Learn about the preferred method for stakeholders to absorb lessons learned & the evaluation reports that are most effective.
Interview: The 50/50 Group on Women’s Rights in Sierra Leone
With an illiteracy rate of over 70% among women in Sierra Leone, learn how The 50/50 Group made new laws for women more accessible.
An Overview of Innovations that Advanced Women’s Rights in the US
From remaking the public image of women in the media to taking on strategic legal cases, the history of the women’s movement in the US offers a few lessons on advancing equality abroad.
Interview with Anthropologist Dr. Stephen Lubkemann on Accessing Justice in Liberia
This anthropologist studied how Liberians interacted with the justice system and explains why more anthropologists are needed in the rule of law sector.
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.
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.
Interview with the Egyptian Diaspora on Strengthening Rule of Law and Democracy in Egypt
Read about the latest changes in Egypt, how being part of the Diaspora has helped advance rule of law and democracy, and how the international community should alter its approach.
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
What Have We Learned About Institutional Change?
Seth Kaplan summarizes interesting lessons from international aid agencies on how to work politically and address challenges to governance reform.
Interview with Professor and Rule of Law Practitioner: James M. Cooper
Check out what James Cooper had to say on his experience helping South America transition to an adversarial system while still balancing indigenous forms of justice.
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.
10 Things To Know About Rule of Law Reform
From focusing on a country’s power structure to including anthropologists and political scientists, Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld explains how the rule of law sector should change.
Event: Building Youth-Inclusive Democracies: Lessons from Kenya
Learn how leadership and economic opportunities for youth has helped mitigate violence.
Citizens in Burma Share Ideas on How to Build Rule of Law
Citizens came up with ideas to address corruption, access to justice barriers, and the disconnect between government and the population
Interview with Kimberley Motley: The Only Western Lawyer Practicing in Afghanistan
Read what this lawyer had to say on youth, informal justice systems, and rule of law programming by the international community.
Event: Best Practices in Impact Evaluations: Anti-Corruption and Rule of Law
Check out the challenges and recommendations in monitoring and evaluating rule of law and anti-corruption programs.
Juvenile Justice Systems Contribute to Cycle of Poverty in the US
Learn the history of the juvenile justice system and how the philosophy behind it has impacted the children it was designed to protect.
Event: Morocco’s Rule of Law Reform: Making Room for the Diaspora
With a Diaspora of 5 million, Morocco is implementing a bold initiative to involve its Diaspora in constitutional and legislative reform.
Identifying and Remedying Flaws in Access to Justice Research
New research discusses the limitations to current access to justice programs and touches on goals that should be pursued to improve it.
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!
Africa’s Land Rush: The Role of Legal Empowerment
Learn about land grabs, challenges to promoting accountability, and what local actors are doing about it.
Event: 20 Years of Rule of Law Programs in Europe and Eurasia
Hear what practitioners had to say on lessons learned from some of the first rule of law programs in Europe and Eurasia.
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.
Interview with the President of the Uganda Law Society [Part 2]
Check out what Ruth Sebatindira had to say on the traditional justice system, battling corruption, and changing the public perception of lawyers in Uganda.
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.