The World Justice Challenge 2019: Access to Justice Solutions is now open for submissions. Applications are due February 8, 2019. 

More than three billion people have unmet justice needs globally. This justice gap includes people who cannot obtain justice for everyday problems and people who face systematic exclusion from the law.

The World Justice Challenge 2019 is a competition to identify, recognize, and promote good practices and successful solutions to improve access to justice. These can include solutions that reduce barriers to resolving everyday justice problems, respond to the unmet justice needs of vulnerable populations, or address systematic forms of exclusion and injustice. The World Justice Challenge is designed to highlight projects that have shown demonstrable results and impacts, and showcase promising prospects for future progress, replication, and scaling. 

Eligible World Justice Challenge finalists will be featured at World Justice Forum VI: “Realizing Justice for All” from April 29-May 2, 2019 in The Hague, Netherlands. Winners will be announced during the Forum’s closing ceremony and receive a $10,000 prize in recognition of their promise and impact.

This call for submissions is focused on six specific thematic areas. Preference will be given to submissions focused on the intersection of access to justice and the six themes listed below:

  • Technology
  • Gender Equality
  • Public Health
  • The Environment
  • Labor and Employment
  • Criminal Justice

Initiatives will be evaluated based on their potential for impact, scaling, replication, and sustainability.

The $10,000 USD prizes are open to organizations worldwide. Help us recognize and promote successful solutions to closing the justice gap! 

Learn more about the competition, themes, and submission guidelines here.

Follow updates on social media at #WorldJusticeChallenge.

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