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Justice

What we do

ODI pioneers work on rule of law and justice research and policy analysis by bringing a unique politically-centered perspective.

We support the international community to step up its game in addressing the justice gap. ODI’s work contributes to new knowledge on programming approaches, identifying key knowledge gaps, and connecting up multi-interdisciplinary approaches and thematic areas that remain siloed in the international agenda.

Customary and informal justice

As the donor community grapples with the challenges of engaging with customary and informal justice our work is been pioneering thinking on the dilemmas for international actors and NGOs associated with how to work with customary justice.

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As the donor community grapples with the challenges of engaging with customary and informal justice our work is been pioneering thinking on the dilemmas for international actors and NGOs associated with how to work with customary justice.

Rule of law

Political commitment to rule of law and norms based global order has been under attack even in the most consolidated democracies in recent times. Investing in rule of law has become more critical than ever, and policy communities need to have opportunities for working across their siloes and learning from each other. ODI aims, through tailored research, analysis, convening and policy engagement to foster and actively enable the scaling up of investments which collectively will contribute to significantly reducing the global Justice Gap.

Covid-19 is putting new pressure on justice systems. Flexible strategies and diverse pathways should be used to respond to these growing needs.

Justice, the rule of law and Covid-19: three expert views

Covid-19 is putting new pressure on justice systems. Flexible strategies and diverse pathways should be used to respond to these growing needs.
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Our projects

Our experts on justice and rule of law

  1. Reproductive justice, sexual rights and bodily autonomy in humanitarian action: what a justice lens brings to crisis response

    Working papers

  2. Investing in what works to deliver SDG 16.3 and people-centred justice in lower-income countries

  3. Justice aid update and lessons from latest evaluations of donor programming

    Briefing/policy papers

  4. Environmental justice for Small Island Developing States

  5. Advancing SDG 16.3.2 by investing in prison paralegals to cut the number of unsentenced detainees in low-income countries

    Briefing/policy papers

  6. The WPS agenda: Colombia

    Case/country studies

  7. The WPS agenda: Land reform

    Other

  8. Surfacing perceptions of equity in the finance themes of the Global Stocktake

    Research reports

  9. The WPS agenda: Kenya

    Case/country studies

  10. The WPS agenda: South Sudan

    Case/country studies

  11. The WPS agenda: Transitional justice

    Other

  12. The Women, Peace and Security agenda: Breaking down silos Synthesis report

    Research reports

  13. The WPS agenda: Constitutional reform

    Other

  14. High-Level Dialogue on Customary and Informal Justice and SDG16+

    Event

  15. Politically smart and adaptive approaches to Rule of Law support in situations of conflict and fragility

    Briefing/policy papers

  16. People-centred justice for all: a route to scaling up access to justice advice and assistance in low-income countries

    Research reports

  17. People-centred justice – re-setting financial priorities in OECD and low-income countries

  18. Gender in displacement: the state of play

    Working papers

  19. Legal mobilisation as a societal response to violence: lessons from Michoacán

    Briefing/policy papers

  20. Diverse pathways to justice for all: supporting everyday justice providers to achieve SDG 16.3

    Research reports