Justice is vital if we are to secure rights and dignity for all. Yet whether as individuals, groups or communities, many around the world – women, children and youths, migrants, ethnic and sexual minorities – often struggle to access it. Accessing justice is a matter of supply and demand: it involves empowering people to seek it, and securing the mechanisms to deliver it. Rights, in other words, are granted to those in a position to claim them. For this reason, alongside building capacity in the judicial sector, grassroots legal empowerment forms the core of our engagement.
Our vision is of a culture of justice that secures fair outcomes. Working with a broad network of partners and alumni, we offer both conceptual frameworks and empowerment solutions in some the world’s toughest environments.
Rights mean little if those entitled to them are not aware they exist. Due process is of doubtful value when you are illiterate, or unable to understand the proceedings.
Human rights and the rule of law are not synonymous, but they do overlap and function symbiotically.
Human trafficking is antithetical to the rule of law: the practice constitutes one of the most acute challenges to rights and dignity.
Despite growing awareness of their rights, enshrined in the UN Declaration of 2007, many of the world's indigenous peoples remain threatened by poverty, marginalization, the loss of their natural habitat – and in some cases, by outright extinction.
Children's access to justice is both a right in itself and a means to restore rights that have been disregarded or violated. It also enables the realization of human rights as laid out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Sexual identity is an inalienable attribute of the person, yet in many countries, repressive laws and exclusionary attitudes continue to victimize LGBTI (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals and intersex) people.
Approximately 65.5 million people around the world are forcibly displaced. Weak rule of law, poor governance, conflict and human rights abuses are all drivers of displacement.