International Development Law Organization

Consultation on Customary and Informal Justice Systems

26 Jun 2019

Achieving Justice For All

Recurring estimates show that globally, more than 80% of legal disputes are resolved outside of the formal courts through customary and informal systems. The vast majority of these justice seekers are women, poor people, minority groups and marginalized communities.  Unless there is meaningful engagement with customary and informal justice systems, access to justice will remain elusive for many people.

To better understand these systems and to promote access to justice for all, IDLO is launching an online knowledge exchange as part of its global Consultations seeking a wide diversity of input, experiences and ideas. Submit your insights to strengthen analyses and inform decision makers, policy makers and influencers at national as well as international levels.


Consultation Questions


Submit Your Insights

(A total of 5 questions with anticipated time to complete
of 8-10 minutes)


Seeking Inspiration

The global Consultations are informed by a series of publications titled “Navigating Complex Pathways to Justice” which includes a Practitioner Brief and a Policy and Issue Brief launched by IDLO in February 2019. These reports underline the advantages of customary and informal justice, such as accessibility, affordability, and a high level of use and trust within communities. They also point out the disadvantages, many of which are rooted in traditional, community or religious values that can be at odds with international human rights standards and the rule of law. The two Briefs highlight the importance of understanding the context in which such systems operate. 

Insights gathered from the online knowledge exchange seek to advance policy dialogue and distill lessons to help realize Sustainable Development Goal 16