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Legal Empowerment in the fight for Housing Justice

Once upon a time, many people thought that legal aid was the dream tool for justice seekers. Lawyers would promote access to justice, win in court and where they couldn't they would lead the fight for legal change. Broad-based legal aid programmes could support this effort. Stephen Golub invited us to think again in his ground-breaking article "Beyond Rule of Law Orthodoxy: The Legal Empowerment Alternative". He emphasized the need to help to empower communities to lead their own fights against injustice. Lawyers can help to shape legal tools that support communities in a more focused

The Access to Justice Deficit: Legal Empowerment Can Break the Shackles

5 billion people around the world lack basic access to justice. Writing in Ensia, Alessandra Bergamin describes our vast global access to justice deficit (see the Task Force on Justice) and points us to some of the organizations working on legal empowerment. If you're a project planner/designer looking at legal empowerment, you'll be happy to learn more about the work of these organizations: Namati (working through community paralegals in 6 countries)Microjustice4All (Peru)EarthRights International (a global environmental organization that seeks to put law in the hands of the people affected most by the problem)Natural Justice (environmental law and human

A New Voice for Legal Technology

At JTL we're always on the lookout for new developments in legal technology. Legal Rebels is an American Bar Association podcast for innovators who are remaking the legal profession. This month they pod about the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's new MIT Computational Law Report which describes itself as " agile, new media online publication that explores the ways that law and legal processes can be reimagined and engineered as computational systems'. Some of us are old enough to be unsure what that means. And what does MIT have to do with law anyway? Join us in checking out

Featured Post: Better Management for Better Justice Reform

Editors’ Note:  Our friend Lisa LeSage from LexTerra Strategies reminds us that good management is key to achieving good project results. While you might not be a management specialist, you might spend much of you time managing or helping others to manage.  If this makes you feel way out of your league, never mind.  Help is on the way. This is the first in a series of posts on good management.  Please join the discussion by sending us your ideas and insights about the management skills you have (or wish you had!).  If you have a good story about how management skills

Legal Empowerment at IDLO

The International Development Law Organization ("IDLO") makes legal empowerment central to its work. Its 'bottom up' approach aims to equip people with the knowledge, confidence and skills they need to realize their rights. Legal Empowerment Strengthens Rights for Girls and Young Women From 2016-2018 IDLO worked with girls and young women in Tanzania and Uganada to reduce the their rate of HIV infection. IDLO's legal empowerment approach leveraged the skills and power of paralegals, village health committees and other community organizations to create a powerful combined force. Have a look at IDLO's recent Evaluation Brief on some

Legal Design – Learn More Here

Legal design will lead the next generation of justice reform.  Justice seekers should learn more about it. Legal design is more than just the 'next new thing' in justice reform.  It brings together powerful innovation ideas, from law and elsewhere.  It says that creators of justice solutions should focus first on users.  Users should be the first thing you think about in solving a justice problem. To learn more, check out these sites. Legal Design - Putting Users First If you are thinking about how to improve a legal system, that's good.  If you're thinking about sometime later on organizing a 'legal awareness campaign'
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