International Development Law Organization

Publications

28 October, 2021
Climate change is the defining global development challenge of our time, with significant implications for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As the only global intergovernmental organization exclusively devoted to promoting the rule of law to advance peace and sustainable development, IDLO believes that the rule of law is a vital enabler of transformative climate action. IDLO’s Policy Brief Climate Justice: A Rule of Law Approach for Transformative Climate Action...
31 August, 2021
Community Paralegals and Customary and Informal Justice explores how community-based paralegals and other legal aid providers can strengthen the accessibility and inclusiveness of customary and informal justice (CIJ) systems. It brings together leading-edge research and the grounded experience of IDLO programs in several sub-Saharan African countries to address: the key functions of community-based paralegals in contexts of legal pluralism, including paralegal support for women and...
28 July, 2021
IDLO’s Annual Report for 2020 offers a tangible demonstration of how its work contributed to global COVID-19 response and recovery efforts over the past year. Throughout the crisis, IDLO offices around the world remained operational, pivoting quickly to support our partners to respond to the unprecedented range of legal and justice challenges presented by the pandemic. The events of 2020 have reinforced the relevance of IDLO’s mandate to promote the rule of law to advance peace and sustainable...
20 January, 2021
Accessing Justice: Somalia's Alternative Dispute Resolution Centers reviews structural, procedural, and normative dimensions of justice in six Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Centers in Somalia, documenting insights from ADR Coordinators, Clerks, paralegals, and Adjudicators as well as users of the Centers.  An integral part of achieving Sustainable Development Goal 16 is adopting a people-centered approach that ensures inclusive engagement, involving women and marginalized...
20 October, 2020
Legal Empowerment, Social Accountability and HIV Prevention for Young Women and Girls: Lessons from Tanzania and Uganda reviews IDLO's programming in Tanzania and Uganda which integrated legal empowerment and social accountability strategies to accelerate justice for women and girls. Implemented as part of the DREAMS Innovation Challenge, IDLO's program aimed at reducing new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women by strengthening demand for quality HIV...
10 September, 2020
Women and Customary and Informal Justice Systems focuses on the relationship between women and customary and informal justice (CIJ) systems. It brings together current research, expert perspectives and programmatic experience, addressing: »»the evolution of legal and policy debates on women and CIJ; »»challenges women encounter in accessing justice through CIJ systems; »»gender-focused engagement entry points, modalities, and good practices for CIJ systems; and »»policy recommendations to...
8 September, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every part of the world. The effectiveness of government measures to contain the pandemic and Build Back Better depends upon the capacity of public institutions and their leadership to provide transparent, effective, and accountable actions, in compliance with the rule of law. With its emphasis on rule of law as an enabler of peace, justice and inclusion, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can help promote...
20 July, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging governments around the world to manage, coordinate and expand the key building blocks of a well-functioning health system. At both global and local levels, the law is a powerful tool for advancing the right to health and addressing public health emergencies. Now more than ever, strong legal capacity is needed to support effective national and international responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Advancing the Right to Health: The Vital Role of Law (2017) and...
28 May, 2020
The Annual Report for 2019 outlines how IDLO pursued its mandate in the past year, and through its programs, research and policy advocacy contributed to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It offers a tangible demonstration of the contribution of the rule of law and access to justice in sustaining peace and achieving just, equitable and sustainable development. The Annual Report highlights just some of the many results IDLO colleagues have achieved with our...
21 May, 2020
Justice for Women Amidst COVID-19 documents major challenges to women’s access to justice in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. It presents a global synthesis of the state of justice systems in connection with women’s justice needs, highlights innovative interventions underway in many parts of the world, and urges justice leaders and all stakeholders to take action to increase justice for women and girls during the global health emergency.  Justice for Women Amidst COVID-19...
11 March, 2020
Women’s Professional Participation in Kenya’s Justice Sector: Barriers and Pathways examines the different segments that make up the justice chain – the police, academia, law societies, lawyers, judges and magistrates – and the barriers that block women’s equitable and meaningful participation in them.  The report cites the lived experiences of many women legal professionals who have tried to break into higher circles of leadership. Respondents confirm that a number of barriers...
16 December, 2019
In Jordan, women entrepreneurs constitute a growing portion of the business population, offering opportunities for women to generate income and meaningfully contribute to the national economy. However, women entrepreneurs also face discrimination as they engage in business ventures and seek to resolve disputes.​  IDLO and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) conducted research on barriers to women entrepreneurs’ access to justice, obtaining insights from...
11 November, 2019
An overview of IDLO's work in 2019 reflecting on how its strategic objectives support the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, driven by Goal 16 on peace, justice and effective institutions. 
8 November, 2019
The 2018 Annual Report outlines how IDLO pursued its mandate in the past year, and through its programs, research and policy advocacy contributed to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 2018 also marked the mid-point of Strategy 2020, IDLO’s four-year Strategic Plan which is premised on a vision of the rule of law that embodies substantive justice, as well as procedural fairness, upholding human rights and good governance. The Annual Report provides a broad and...
30 October, 2019
Women’s Professional Participation in Tunisia’s Justice Sector: Pathways and Opportunities focuses on progress and remaining challenges towards equal professional participation within Tunisia’s justice institutions and the barriers to equality and access to justice. IDLO's report is the most thorough investigation of women’s professional participation in Tunisia’s justice sector to date, shedding light on both the progress that has been made and the obstacles that persist. Based on a unique...

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