The Justice Initiative supports efforts at a local, national, and international level to expand access to justice to those whose inability to seek the protection of the law leaves them vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.
The Justice Initiative recognizes that confronting deep-rooted inequalities and abuses often requires more than a court ruling. That's why we engage with affected communities to deliver change on the ground while also supporting the international and national movement to expand access to justice under the UN's 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Delivering the Promise of the Law
We combine our work on strategic litigation with efforts to work with and mobilize those most harmed by rights abuses. We have partnered with groups and communities in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe, seeking to secure legal rights guaranteed to them by court rulings and existing law.
Expanding Access to Justice
We assist governments to develop systems that provide legal aid for criminal and civil issues, supporting community-based paralegals and university law clinics to develop low-cost legal advice. We have assisted governments in Africa, Asia, and Eastern and Central Europe.
Justice and Development
We advocate for international recognition of the importance of access to justice as a vital engine for the delivery of the UN's 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Working to Deliver the Promise of the Global Goals
The Justice Initiative was an energetic advocate for the inclusion of justice goals in the UN's 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Today, we work closely with partners, including the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies and our long-term legal empowerment partner Namati to deliver on the promises on access to justice and the right to legal identity.
Making Legal Aid Work in Nigeria’s Police Stations
Eighty percent of Nigeria’s prison population is awaiting trial. But young lawyers posted at local police stations are now keeping more people out of unnecessary detention.
How Access to Justice Can Stop a Problem from Turning into a Crisis
To shape effective policy, we need to know more about the direct and indirect social and economic costs of unresolved legal problems.
How Do We Measure Access to Justice? A Global Survey of Legal Needs Shows the Way
The World Justice Project’s new survey, Global Insights on Access to Justice, is the first of its kind to try to understand global access to civil, rather than criminal, justice.
How Small Data Can Improve Access to Justice for the Poor
Collective data drawn from individual case work can be used to identify what does and doesn’t work in improving access to justice for all.