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Diverse pathways to people-centred justice

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Please note: this event will be taking place from 11:00 am to 12:45 pm EDT


In order to fulfil the promise of justice for all by 2030, the global justice community must engage effectively with the customary and informal justice (CIJ) systems upon which most people rely to resolve everyday justice problems. These diverse systems enable people and communities around the world to realise their rights, seek redress for grievances, and resolve disputes. They are instrumental in advancing the rights of women and girls and gender equality more broadly, and play a crucial role in the management of land and natural resources essential to achievement of environmental and climate justice.

On 23 October, the multi-stakeholder Working Group on CIJ and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16+ will launch a new report that advocates for the centrality of CIJ in delivering people-centred justice embodied in the 2030 Agenda. The report, Diverse pathways to people-centred justice, marshals a broad range of existing evidence to make the case that equal access to justice for all cannot be realised without engaging the systems that most people—and the most excluded constituencies—already turn to. It identifies effective means of including CIJ systems in efforts to promote coherent people-centred justice, and puts forward a set of bold recommendations for policy-makers and practitioners.

The launch event will enable senior policy-makers, thought leaders, and experts from the national and global levels to contribute to a dynamic dialogue on CIJ. It will provide a platform to share insights and recommendations on CIJ and people-centred justice, present the case for greater and more effective investment in and around CIJ systems, and illuminate intersections of CIJ with other aspects of the sustainable development agenda, especially efforts to promote gender equality and environmental and climate justice.

To find out more about the Working Group, please visit this page.

This event is co-convened by Cordaid; Folke Bernadotte Academy; International Development Law Organization; Namati; ODI; Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Societies; and the UN Development Programme. It is generously co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions to the United Nations of the Dominican Republic, Canada, and the Netherlands


  • Jan Beagle (moderator)

    Director-General, International Development Law Organization

  • Jhoana Alexandra Delgado Gaitán

    Vice Minister for the Promotion of Justice​, Colombia

  • Chief Mary Larteh

    Paramount Chief of Jorquellah, Liberia

  • Hon. Luis Henry Molina

    President of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Dominican Republic

  • Dr Val Napoleon

    Director, Indigenous Law Research Unit, and Research Chair, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, Canada

  • Viviana Patal

    Legal Director, Women’s Justice Initiative, Guatemala

  • Chief Willie Plasua

    President of the Malvatumauri, Vanuatu

  • Dr Margaret Satterthwaite

    UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers

  • Katy Thompson

    Head of Rule of Law, Security & Human Rights, UNDP