04 Feb

Navigating Complex Pathways Towards Justice for All

Organized by:International Development Law Organization (IDLO)
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On the eve of the Task Force on Justice Partner Forum, IDLO will host a launch event to encourage dialogue on the engagement between formal and customary and informal justice systems. Justice leaders from Kenya and Kyrgyzstan will share their national experiences and insights on ongoing reforms, complementing formal courts and curbing practices breaching human rights while contributing to political stabilization efforts.


  • Ms. Zamira Mamakeeva, Chairwoman of the Association of Aksakal Courts and Member of the Aksakal Court in Bishkek
  • Prof. Justice Joel NgugiJudge of the High Court and Chairperson of the Alternative Justice Systems Task-Force

To better understand the complexities of informal justice mechanisms, IDLO is launching two Briefs:

  • Policy / Issue Brief,presenting findings and policy recommendations for engaging with customary and informal justice systems, and providing information on features and challenges related to engagement
  • Practitioner Brief, offering a set of concrete tools, recommendations and good practices to support engagement with customary and informal justice systems

Customary and informal justice systems are an integral pathway to justice, indispensable to the realization of access to justice for all as reflected in Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16.

While precise data is difficult to discern, recurring estimates suggest 80 to 90 per cent of legal disputes in developing, fragile and post-conflict states are resolved using customary and informal justice systems. Users of these systems are disproportionately women and vulnerable groups - the poor and remote, marginalized, and minority populations.

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IDLO Branch Office
Hofweg 9E, The Hague
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