International Development Law Organization

East Africa Regional Forum: Alternative Dispute Resolution & Customary and Informal Justice

Monday, March 2, 2020

East Africa Regional Forum - Alternative Dispute Resolution & Customary and Informal Justice: Advancing SDG16 and Pathways to Justice

IDLO, together with the Government of Kenya and the International Commission of Jurists have convened a prominent line-up of leading African lawyers and legal thought leaders to the East Africa Regional Forum in Nairobi 2-3 March 2020. The Forum is a landmark event in highlighting the role of Alternative Dispute Resolution & Customary and Informal Justice in achieving the global 2030 Agenda.

 

Keynote speakers will address some of the most pertinent questions in this area of justice: 

  • What is the role of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and indigenous and other traditional or customary justice systems to help realize SDG 16 and international human rights and rule of law standards?
  • How can we ensure equal access to justice for all, especially for the poor and most marginalized?
  • What are the challenges within ADR and indigenous and other traditional or customary justice systems, including in fragile and post conflict contexts?
  • How do these challenges affect access to justice for the poor and the most marginalized? What are good practices to ensure that justice seekers are able to access justice, while navigating parallel or overlapping legal systems?

The ability to access justice is a crucial component of securing peaceful, just and inclusive societies where effective and accountable institutions govern at all levels, as recognized by Sustainable Development Goal 16 and the 2030 Agenda.  

Countries in East, Southern and the Horn of Africa are confronted with this justice gap, which remains a key challenge for achieving the 2030 Agenda, as well as the African Union’s Agenda 2063, and the ultimate goal of implementing legal and policy frameworks that ensure equal access to justice for all.

Details

2-3 March 2020 | Nairobi, Kenya

Agenda & Concept note

See Agenda & Concept note attached below

 

 

The Regional Forum is made possible by support from the Canton of Geneva and the Government of The Netherlands.

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