Helping to Build a Rule of Law Network Across Asia
Our work has included extensive collaboration with justice institutions, judiciaries, anti-corruption agencies, and civil society.
By building the institutional and human capacity of judges, prosecutors, investigators, and human rights lawyers in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Philippines, for instance, our projects have improved court governance and reduced the scope and opportunities for corruption.
We have also focused on increasing the effectiveness of prosecutorial and legal defense services, and ensuring due process of law.
Through the introduction of automated case management and court monitoring systems in anti-corruption courts in the Philippines and Indonesia, we have improved the efficiency and transparency of court processes. These have helped build the institutional integrity, accountability and credibility of these court systems.
Working with both the formal and informal justice systems in Afghanistan, which had been subverted or destroyed under Taliban control, we helped to create conditions necessary for the traditional courts to reemerge and function. We simultaneously worked to ensure that vulnerable populations, especially women, have access to culturally appropriate mechanisms for dispute resolution.
In partnership with civil society, the private sector, community leaders and the media, we have also conducted public legal education and access to justice campaigns that increased public awareness and the demand for justice, ensured a right to legal aid assistance, and worked to create an environment of respect for the rule of law.