Justice and rule of law

We apply political economy analysis to understand how change happens within rule of law and justice reforms and what role donors and NGOs play.
‘Courtyard Meeting’ for raising awareness on legal rights and entitlements, Madaripur Sadar Upazila, Madaripur District, Bangladesh, 2012 © Emdadul Islam Bitu

We have long been a leading voice on issues of justice, security and rule of law. Our reputation lies in applying a problem-focused political economy analysis lens to reform efforts in rule of law, constitutional change, and access to justice. We want to understand how change happens, and the roles and responsibilities of politicians, policy-makers, donors, NGOs and CSOs.

In recent years, we have focused on conducting in-depth evaluations, developing tailored political economy frameworks, and promoting politically smart and adaptive approaches to justice and security reform. From 2014 – 2016, we hosted a very popular security and justice seminar series that brought together academics and practitioners working on policing, justice, rule of law and military security.

Going forward, we will apply our approach to two further areas: the study of how to govern natural resources (including land and extractives), and gender-based violence. We will bridge change processes from the community to the global, and work across different sectors and communities of practice.

Key aims:

  • Strengthen our ongoing research on the political economy of change in rule of law and access to justice, and the role of international actors in this.
  • Increase our focus on the political and legal issues around natural resources governance (land and extractives) and gender-based violence.
  • Engage with communities of practice and sectors beyond security and justice.
  • Explore how donors and NGOs can work adaptively in this space.