International Development Law Organization

Promoting Intercultural Justice in Peru

IDLO has been working with the European Union’s EUROsociAL program to provide assistance and support to Peru’s indigenous communities. Partnering with the Peruvian Ministry of Justice and judiciary, IDLO has helped create a model for legal orientation and institutional coordination on intercultural justice in the district of San Martín. The intervention sought to strengthen orientation services and legal aid, establishing a model for intercultural justice. The aim was not only to make indigenous people more aware of their rights and legal options, but also to improve the capacity of both indigenous leaders and legal personnel to address concerns of communal interest – specific cultural norms, linguistic barriers or land-related conflicts. The project included a visit to Ecuador to study best practices.