Taking a people-centre approach to delivering on SDG 16.3: Report of the Task Force on Justice
Jun
20
9:30 AM09:30

Taking a people-centre approach to delivering on SDG 16.3: Report of the Task Force on Justice

  • Barton Theatre, Level 1 JG Crawford Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Sustainable Development Goal 16.3 promises to ensure equal access to justice for all by 2030. Without increased justice, the world will not be able to end poverty, reduce inequality, reach the furthest behind, create conditions for shared and sustainable development, or promote peace and inclusion.

Currently, 5.1 billion people – two-thirds of the world’s population – lack meaningful access to justice, with women, children, the poor, people with disabilities and minority ethnic groups disproportionately affected. In low-income countries, it would cost just $20 per person to provide access to basic justice services. Yet, two billion people live in countries that cannot afford even half that cost. At the same time, donor investment in justice has declined by 40 percent over the past four years and just 1.5 percent of official development assistance is spent on justice in fragile contexts. 

It is clear that closing the justice gap requires a transformation in ambition, with both development and foreign policy communities engaged, alongside the private sector. It requires confronting political obstacles to change and moving beyond a focus on institutions that are distant from people and fail to serve their needs.

Join us for a discussion with David Steven, Associate Director of the Center for International Cooperation at New York University and Head of the Secretariat of the Task Force on Justice – an initiative of the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies. David will discuss the findings of the Task Force’s report on taking a different approach to delivering on SDG 16.3 by putting people at the centre of justice systems and justice at the heart of sustainable development. The final Task Force report is to be presented at the High-Level Political Forum on SDG 16 at the United Nations in July.

This event is free and open to all. Register here.

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Reflections and insights from the Justice for the Poor program
May
9
9:30 AM09:30

Reflections and insights from the Justice for the Poor program

  • The Institute's Boardroom, RegNet, Ground Floor Coombs Extension Building 8 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Justice for the Poor (J4P) began more than ten years ago as an experimental program that aimed to address critical gaps in the theory and practice of promoting justice reform in developing countries.  In particular, the program looked beyond technical forms of justice sector institutions to engage with the broader ‘rules of the game’ that shape how people in fact experience dispute resolution, claim their rights and pursue their interests. Recognizing that all development is ultimately about the distribution of rights, resources and responsibilities, and is inherently conflictual, the program focused on the role of law and norms in shaping the effectiveness and fairness of outcomes related to security and justice, development of land and natural resources, and service delivery.  With support from DFAT, J4P supported analytical and operational engagements in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. In addition, the program engaged in Cambodia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Kenya and Liberia.  The program was also influential in shaping World Development Reports: in 2006, Equity; in 2011, Conflict, Security and Development; in 2012, Gender; and 2017, Governance and the Law.
 
This session will feature an open conversation, moderated by Veronica Taylor, with World Bank staff involved with J4P and counterparts from Australian government and academia to reflect on the principles, engagements and lessons of the program. It will examine the evolution of the program’s conceptual foundation, the efforts to put this in practice, and emerging applications in justice, governance and social development programming. It will also launch and on-line repository of J4P program materials.

This event is free and open to all. Register here.

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Access to Justice & the Rule of Law in Myanmar
Mar
14
5:00 PM17:00

Access to Justice & the Rule of Law in Myanmar

Amidst the ongoing uncertainties of Myanmar’s political transition and efforts to build peace, rule of law rhetoric continues to dominate public debate, despite a broad silence around acknowledging both past and ongoing impunity and injustice. The MyJustice programme has sought to navigate the space in between, working to provoke public discussion and support community justice initiatives, and prompting policy-makers to take account of evidence of local realities. 

Join us for an evening in conversation with Caitlin Reiger (Team Leader, MyJustice, British Council) to hear her insights for practice in a politically complex setting.

This is a free event and open to all. Register here.

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Jakarta Workshop - Restorative Justice
Dec
4
to Dec 5

Jakarta Workshop - Restorative Justice

  • Australian Embassy, Jakarta (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Our first regional workshop focusses on applying and adapting restorative justice approaches to juvenile justice and criminal procedure reform in Indonesia and the region.

The event program is here. The event poster is here.

Presentation slides by Professor John Braithwaite.

Presented in partnership with CoP private sector member Cardno and DFAT.

This event is free and open to all CoP members and new members, but pre-registration is essential.

Inquiries and intention to attend: lj.cop@cardno.com

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Community of Practice Annual Workshop
Nov
23
9:00 AM09:00

Community of Practice Annual Workshop

Join us for this year’s annual workshop at the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU.

Our keynote speaker, Marcus Cox (Agulhas, UK) will lead us through debate on Looking Forward: What are the law and justice issues on the development horizon? Marcus’ keynote address is here.

Lively panels of Australian and local practitioners from the region will present on: 

Adapting to Change: How well are we using problem solving and adaptive management approaches in law and justice?

  • Policing and Security Update

  • Practising Support for Regulation and Business

  • Access to Justice and the Pacific: What next? 

  • Anti-corruption: gender and next generation approaches 

The Program for the event (including Zoom links for members outside Australia) is here.  

There is ample time for comments and discussion, so let us know that you are coming by emailing leisha.lister@gmail.com or by registering here via Eventbrite.

The Annual Workshop is free and open to all CoP members, new members and invitees.

Please share the invitation widely with colleagues who may be interested.

 

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Codification and Creation of Community and Customary Laws in the South Pacific and Beyond
Jul
26
to Jul 27

Codification and Creation of Community and Customary Laws in the South Pacific and Beyond

  • Australian National University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

CoP member Miranda Forsyth convenes a conference on the movement to codify custom in the Pacific and beyond (and what this means for Law and Justice practice).

This event is co-sponsored by the CoP and open to general public.

The conference will feature a panel discussion convened by the Community of Practice on 'Creating by-laws and codification of custom: implications for development'.

The program of the event is available here.  

We would be delighted to have you joining us in the conference! Please register your attendance here.

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The End of Impunity: Why some states are so violent and how their societies can recover
Oct
16
5:00 PM17:00

The End of Impunity: Why some states are so violent and how their societies can recover

  • Acton Theatre, JG Crawford Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Why are so many democratic states engulfed by violence? If the problem is poverty, why does homicide disproportionately afflict middle-income countries? If governments are so weak, why do countries otherwise able to deliver for their citizens find themselves unable to deliver on safety?

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Islands of Integrity and Transnational Crime: Forum with Mark Bishop MBE
May
4
5:00 PM17:00

Islands of Integrity and Transnational Crime: Forum with Mark Bishop MBE

Members are invited to attend an evening in conversation with Mark Bishop MBE (Counsellor, Law Enforcement, UK National Crime Agency), with additional commentary from Karen Moore (Assistant Secretary, International Legal Assistance, Attorney-General's Department).

Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the discussion.

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