Our Four Focus Areas

Knowledge, Skills, Innovation and Management for Justice Seekers.

JTL focuses on knowledge, skills, innovation and management for justice seekers. For each of focus area there will be corresponding communities of practice. Blog members can participate in as many communities as they wish. New communities of practice will emerge to explore new subjects. We will help to design and deliver community projects in line with the interests of our followers.

Would You Like Some New Justice Skills?

Almost certainly. No justice seeker has all the skills they will need to do their job.

A lawyer working in justice reform is unlikely to be asked draft a contract, cross-examine a witness or counsel a victim. However, she may be asked to develop a training needs assessment, a political economy analysis or a plan to improve community access to the courts. A paralegal on the same project may have an in-depth knowledge of what it takes to mobilize his community or lobby the local government officer. However, he might need from training in legal writing or advocacy in order to help accused persons apply for bail.

We should all be developing new skills all the time. Helping our members to get the skills they need to do their work will be our central focus.

Would You Like To Quickly Find The Justice Knowledge You Need?

Team members will often have general knowledge in areas central to their work on a project. They might know about on capacity development, integrity or changes to the UNCITRAL rules. They might have experience of the best practices in supporting paralegals or the newest data on land grabbing or registration in their country.  But, even a generally well informed arbitrations expert may find herself searching for crucial information that is entirely new to her on best practices in community-directed mediation mechanisms.  Quickly connecting our members to the knowledge they need will be an important focus of JTL’s work .

Are You Up To Date On The Latest Justice Innovations?

Much as many countries without landlines just skipped them and went straight to mobile phones, we think that many justice innovations may appear in emerging systems before they take hold in more established systems.  In the future, there may well more be legal empowerment through technology than through face to face awareness raising.  New laws may need to provide for implementation through mobile technology.  Innovation will likely be the future of justice.

Could You Use a Refresher on Management?

Lawyers and other professionals working on justice sector reform projects may need skills that are entirely new to them to build a team, manage a project, develop a strategic plan or coach the senior management of their own institution.  Many reform projects are never properly evaluated because team members don’t have the skills to do evaluations.  Improving the management skills that underpin successful projects will be an important focus of the blog.