Traditional, Customary Justice Systems: ICJ compilation of standards 

The ICJ has today published a compilation of international human rights standards relevant to Traditional and Customary Justice Systems.

The compilation is being published as part of an ongoing project on the relationship between traditional and customary justice systems, including indigenous justice, and human rights, access to justice, and the rule of law.

Among the sources included in the compilation are global and regional treaty provisions, UN and other declarations, and the jurisprudence and recommendations of Committees and Special Procedures established by treaties and the UN Human Rights Council.

The sources are organised by themes including the rights of women, rights of children, the role of judges and lawyers and the administration of justice, the rights of indigenous peoples, and the rights of minorities.

The 2017 ICJ Geneva Forum of Judges and Lawyers brought together judges and lawyers from around the world to discuss traditional and customary justice systems, and the ICJ is currently planning for continuing work on the theme over the next three years with the aim of producing practical global legal and policy guidance to assist actors within traditional systems, actors within State justice systems, and others to best ensure that everyone enjoys their rights of access to justice and other human rights. A report of the Forum is also available.

Matt Pollard, Senior Legal Adviser,

Universal-Trad Custom Justice Compil updated-Publications-2018-ENG (Full publication in PDF)

Cover Photo: Traditional leaders preside over a case in B-Court, Nyang Payam, Torit County, South Sudan.  Photo Credit: UNDP South Sudan\2016\Angelique Reid ©2016 United Nations

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