08 Feb

Localizing Access to Justice in Somaliland

Organized by:Secretariat of the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law
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With a majority of the world’s citizens living without equitable access to justice, the need to prioritize justice for all is paramount. The inclusion of justice as a focus area of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has spurred those working on justice around the world to come together to make 2019 the Year of Justice.

The Global Taskforce on Justice – led by the Netherlands, Sierra Leone, Argentina and the Elders will be hosting the Justice Partners Forum on February 7th to convene justice leaders to discuss opportunities and challenges in achieving access to justice for all and exploring strategies to accelerate delivery on justice, nationally and worldwide.

In Somaliland, through work to localize SDG16+, Saferworld together with authorities and civil society organizations have identified access to justice as a key development priority. An inclusive process to determine justice gaps and potential solutions has been ongoing over the past six months, with support from the KPSRL’s Knowledge Management Fund. Ambitious plans are now in place to use the Year of Justice to launch a new vision for access to justice for Somaliland. Speakers will share experiences about the successes and remaining challenges for improving access to justice in Somaliland.

Using this case study, Saferworld, the Somaliland Human Rights Centre and the Secretariat of the Knowledge Platform will host a side-event on the margins of the Justice Partners Forum on 8 February 2018 to share experiences about successes and remaining challenges, and start a conversation on localizing access to justice across similar contexts.


  • Mr. Adam Haji-Ali Ahmed – Chief Justice of Somaliland
  • Ms. Charlotte Watson – Conflict and Security Adviser, Saferworld
  • Mr. Guleid Ahmed Jama – Founder and former Chairperson, Somaliland Human Rights Centre
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