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Navigating complex pathways towards justice | The Hague

Navigating complex pathways towards justice for all

On the eve of the Task Force on Justice Partner Forum, we cordially invite you to participate in the launch event and actively contribute to the dialogue on the engagement between formal and customary and informal justice systems. Invited justice leaders from Kenya and Kyrgyzstan will share national experiences and insights on ongoing reforms, complementing formal courts and curbing practices breaching human rights while contributing to political stabilization efforts.

Customary and informal justice systems are an integral pathway to justice, indispensable to the realization of access to justice for all as reflected in Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16. While precise data is difficult to discern, recurring estimates suggest 80 to 90 per cent of legal disputes in developing, fragile and post-conflict states are resolved using customary and informal justice systems. Users of these systems are disproportionately women and vulnerable groups - the poor and remote, marginalized, and minority populations.

To better understand the complexities of informal justice mechanisms, IDLO is launching two Briefs:

Policy / Issue Brief

Presenting findings and policy recommendations for engaging with customary and informal justice systems, and providing information on features and challenges related to engagement.**


Practitioner Brief

Offering a set of concrete tools, recommendations and good practices to support engagement with customary and informal justice systems.**


  1. Ted Hill, IDLO Hague Office Representative
  2. Dr. Ilaria Bottigliero, IDLO Director of Policy, Research and Learning​

3. Ms. Zamira Mamakeeva, Chairwoman of the Association of Aksakal Courts and Member of the Aksakal Court in Bishkek

4. Prof. Justice Joel Ngugi, Judge of the High Court and Chairperson of the Alternative Justice Systems Task-Force


15:00 - 17:00 | Monday, February 4, 2019 | IDLO Office, Hofweg 9E, The Hague, Netherlands

The event will be conducted in English.

Light refreshments will be served after the discussion.


We cordially invite you to participate in the launch event and actively contribute to the dialogue. To confirm your attendance, email thehague(a) before Friday February 1, 2019.

Social media information*

Twitter: Follow @IDLO and contribute to #InformalJustice.

Facebook: Watch the event with Facebook Live here. There will be intermitted broadcasting from 15:00 CET.   


The event will have filming/photograph for social media and future promotional and archive purposes. Please contact an IDLO staff member at the event if you would prefer not to be filmed / photographer, or contact communications(a)

**The two publications will be available for download on on the day of launch, February 4, 2019.

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