Justice for the Poor: Perspectives on Accelerating Access

Paperback | July 15, 2011

EditorAyesh Kadwani Dias, Gita Honwana Welch

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One of the most significant contemporary lessons from development work around the world is that national judicial systems - and access to them - are of critical importance in the struggle against poverty. Contending that legal strategies play an important role in protection of human rights,this book discusses important global issues related to human rights including human justice and security. It examines institutional strategies that aim at accelerating human justice delivery, and securing civil, political, socio-economic, and cultural rights. The work also puts in perspective anumber of practical recommendations for justice programming and development. Establishing the essential link between poverty reduction and justice programming, it clarifies conceptual issues related to justice from the perspective of the weak and marginalized. The essays in the volume address crucial issues such as practical and effective strategies for securing access to justice for the poor and means for evaluating justice programming from a results-based perspective. Further it focuses on the interplay between poverty, good governance, andaccountability instrumental in realizing the Millennium Development Goals, and ensuring participation and non-discrimination in developmental decision-making. Addressing important issues such as access to justice in plural legal systems, public interest litigation, the effects of globalization, anddenial of women's rights, the book examines judicial reform initiatives.

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One of the most significant contemporary lessons from development work around the world is that national judicial systems - and access to them - are of critical importance in the struggle against poverty. Contending that legal strategies play an important role in protection of human rights,this book discusses important global issues re...

Ayesha Kadwani Dias is Consultant to the Democratic Governance Group, UNDP, New York. Gita Honwana Welch is UNDP Country Director for Angola.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:704 pagesPublished:July 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198077211

ISBN - 13:9780198077213

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Table of Contents

ForewordGita Welch: IntroductionPart I-International Law and Sources for Access to JusticePart II-Globalization and Access to JusticeThe Renascent Notions: Globalization and Access to JusticePart III-Instruments of JusticeCommunity Justice Institutions and Judicialization: Lessons from Rural PeruRole of the Public Interest Movement in Alleviating Poverty: The South African ExperienceSocial Action Litigation and Access to Justice for the Poor: A Critical Case Study of NigeriaWomen and Access to JusticePublic Interest Litigation in Central and Eastern EuropePart IV-Democracy, Governance, and Justice InstitutionsIndependence of the Courts and Access to Justice: A New Constitutional Vision for KenyaBetween Market Efficiency and Access to Justice for the Poor: Judicial and Anti-Corruption Reform in AfricaWomen's Human Rights in a Plural Legal Framework: A Case Study of the Application of Hudood Laws in PakistanPart V-Regional ExperiencesExpanding Access to Justice in Africa: Experiences and PerspectivesDelivery of Legal Aid Services in Developing Countries: In Light of the South African ExperienceAdvancing Access to Justice in Europe and the Commonwealth: The Experience of UNDP and Other ContributorsImproving Access to Justice Efforts: UNDP's Legal Empowerment and Assistance Project for the Disadvantaged in IndonesiaAccess to Justice in the Arab RegionLegitimacy, Accountability, Judicial Independence and EffectivenessAccelerated Access to Justice in Latin America and the Carribean