The Economic and Legal Empowerment panel at the World Justice Forum IV explored how civil society, government, and private actors can work in concert to empower vulnerable and poor citizens through a robust rule of law.
Panelists focused on modern methods of legal empowerment such as government programs that raise awareness of vulnerable citizens’ constitutional rights; safeguards and regulations that ensure access to justice; the right to counsel; and access to formal business and financial mechanisms. The discussion also highlighted innovative solutions to closing the gap between passing a law in the halls of parliament and the reality of that law as experienced by the poor.
Zaza Namoradze, Director, Budapest Office, Open Society Justice Initative (Hungary)
June 26 is the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, calling on stakeholders, institutions, and individuals around the world to unite in support of the total eradication of this human rights abuse.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals lay out ambitious targets to guide development policies through 2030, including target 16.3's promise to "ensure equal access to justice for all." But as data on people's experience of justice grows, it is becoming increasingly clear that the world is not on track to meet this target.
In our latest WJP Data Insights exploration, we take a look at what the WJP Rule of Law Index can tell us about a criminal justice system that possesses both the largest prison population and the highest incarceration rate globally.