Forum on indigenous & other traditional or customary justice systems in Africa

For the 10th annual Geneva Forum of Judges and Lawyers, the ICJ has partnered with the International Development Law Organization and the ICJ Kenya Section, to organise in Nairobi a high-level regional Forum on alternative dispute resolution and indigenous and other traditional or customary justice systems in Africa.

Under the auspices of the Judiciary of Kenya, the “Regional Forum on Alternative Dispute Resolution & Customary and Informal Justice: Advancing SDG16 and Pathways to Justice” will provide a platform to allow for a deeper reflection on access to justice through alternative and indigenous or other traditional or customary justice systems, providing greater insight into local realities, concerns and approaches and exploring existing lessons, illustrations, and good practices.

The Forum will also facilitate the identification of culturally appropriate, people-centered, sustainable and effective paths for policy and programming that reduce existing justice gaps as well as address challenges in diverse contexts.

Invited justice champions from national governments, the formal and informal justice sectors, and civil society will share insights on ongoing justice sector reforms and policy development that aim to provide alternatives to or complement formal courts, curb rights-abrogating practices, and contribute to inclusive and peaceful societies.

A concept note is available in PDF format here: NairobiConferenceConceptNote

The programme is available in PDF format here: NairobiConferenceAgenda

The Forum is made possible with support from the Government of the Netherlands and the Republic and Canton of Geneva.

For further background on the ICJ Geneva Forum of Judges and Lawyers, and its ongoing global project on indigenous and other traditional or customary justice systems, click here.

A compilation of international sources is available here.

For more information contact matt.pollard(a)icj.org

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