People-centered Justice Is Key to Realizing the Africa We Want

To advance the access to people-centered justice dialogue, a group of local, national, and international CSOs have come together to organize a virtual meeting seeking to bring together paralegals and organizations that support paralegals from across Africa, AU representatives, policy makers and State officials to continue a continent-wide conversation on how we can work together to support and bolster the important work of community-based paralegals.

 

Friday, November 12, 2021
09:00 - 11:00 AM EST
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A significant amount of access to justice work is led by community-based paralegals who work directly with communities. They raise awareness of rights, laws, and policies; help clients to navigate legal and administrative processes in the pursuit of remedies; and support citizen engagement in law and policy reform.

In many African countries, there is a low ratio of advocates to the general population. In addition, most lawyers are too expensive, too specialized, or too far away to serve the millions in need of assistance. A partnership between community-based paralegals and advocates helps to resolve the imbalance between the supply of, and demand for, legal services.

Two main challenges hinder this important work of justice: financing and legal recognition of community-based paralegals. It is critical that this multi-stakeholder meeting allows for exchange of ideas and practices that support an enabling, efficient framework for community-based paralegals to thrive in Afric a’s justice systems.

This event is hosted by the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, the Legal Empowerment Network and the African Centre of Excellence for Access to Justice.

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Nov 12, 2021