Access to Justice for All and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Recommendations for Action

World Justice Challenge Webinar Event

Wednesday, December 16


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In the course of the World Justice Challenge 2021: Advancing the Rule of Law in a Time of Crisis competition, the World Justice Project will convene thematic webinars focused on COVID-19 and its effects on access to justice for all, accountable governance, anti-corruption and open government, and fundamental rights and non-discrimination. Subscribe to WJP's e-newsletter for further competition updates and invitations.

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare significant deficits and inequities in fulfilling the promise of UN Sustainable Development Goal 16 to "provide access to justice for all." By all accounts, the pandemic is taking its greatest toll on those who traditionally have been excluded from justice systems and plunging more people into this plight. While the pandemic has created new challenges for reaching "justice for all" by 2030, it also has highlighted the importance and new opportunities for doing so.

Co-sponsored by World Justice Challenge thematic partners the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, this discussion focused on problems in achieving access to justice for all that have been raised and exacerbated by the pandemic. Panelists also discussed recommendations for action needed to address underlying challenges, support an effective recovery process, and build back toward more just, rule-of-law-based societies. 

The World Justice Challenge 2021: Advancing the Rule of Law in a Time of Crisis is a global competition to identify, recognize, and promote good practices and high-impact projects and policies that protect and advance the rule of law in this time of unprecedented crisis. Deadline to apply is December 16!


  • David Satola, Lead Counsel, Technology and Innovation, The World Bank
  • Zainab Malik, Program Development Specialist, International Development Law Organization (IDLO)
  • Maaike de Langen, Program Lead, Justice for All, Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies
  • Elizabeth Andersen, Executive Director, World Justice Project (moderator)


Access to Justice for All Resources:

View Access to Justice for All resources on the World Justice Challenge 2021 website. 


Download the Webinar Summary:

This webinar event is produced in partnership with the following World Justice Challenge 2021 Thematic Partners:

International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

WJP thanks all of its Challenge sponsors and partners.