World Justice Challenge


Congratulations to our 2019 World Justice Challenge: Access to Justice Solutions Winners!

160 Girls Access to Justice Project

The Equality Effect, Kenya

Nearly two-thirds of Kenyan girls experience sexual assault. In 2013 the Kenyan High Court found that police failure to enforce existing rape law had created a climate of impunity. This project is working to change this culture through police trainings, education, and creative legal advocacy projects.  

Partnering for Native Health

Alaska Legal Services Corporation, United States

Indigenous populations throughout the United States experience some of the greatest health inequalities. This project is the first US collaboration delivering health-impacting civil legal assistance to a target population of economically vulnerable indigenous individuals, specifically targeting remote and rural areas. PNH addresses indigenous peoples social determinants of health by using legal empowerment and education as a tool to improve the health and safety of tribal members, and establishing culturally appropriate locally based networks of civil legal attorneys embedded in the tribal health care delivery system. 

Malawi Resentencing Project

Cornell Centre on the Death Penalty Worldwide, The Malawi Legal Aid Bureau, and Reprieve; Malawi

In 2007, the Malawi High Court struck down the mandatory death penalty on the grounds that it violated the accused’s constitutional rights to a fair trial and access to justice. This project was established in 2014 by a coalition of stakeholders to secure and support new sentence hearings that adhered to international fair trial standards.

Riverine People and the Right to Full Reparation

Instituto Socioambiental - ISA, Brazil

In 2015, 300 families who lived on the islands and banks of the Xingu River, state of Pará, Brazil, were forcibly displaced from their homes to make way for the reservoir of Belo Monte hydroelectric power plant. This project, through strategic advocacy and a broad negotiation with the Brazilian government and the corporation, was able to influence the elaboration and implementation of an adequate reparation policy for traditional populations impacted by large infrastructure projects.

Monitoring Maternal Health Entitlements & Increasing Access to Grievance Redressal

Nazdeek, India

The State of Assam experiences the highest maternal mortality rate in India. Health concerns are compounded on tea plantations where workers face substandard working conditions that negatively impact their health. This project developed grievance forums to identify and monitor rights violations, provide a mechanism for communities and the legal/administrative systems to discuss issues and concerns, and ultimately assist women in seeking redressal for their maternal and child health problems.



Thank you to the 30 projects selected as World Justice Challenge Finalists:




About the World Justice Challenge

The World Justice Challenge 2019: Access to Justice Solutions is a competition to identify, recognize, and promote good practices and successful solutions to improve access to justice. 

More than 5 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. According to research conducted by the World Justice Project, more than 50% of people around the world have experienced a legal problem in the past two years alone, and justice systems are failing them. 

Identifying and promoting good practices and successful solutions is essential to narrowing the justice gap.

Effective interventions have been developed and tested around the world. Compiling an accessible evidence base of high-quality, high-impact interventions will help accelerate the dissemination of good ideas and the uptake of promising approaches.  

Forum participants voted on their favorite projects via the World Justice Forum App during the week of the 2019 World Justice Forum, and winners were selected through a combination of participant votes and an expert selection committee. Winners of the World Justice Challenge were announced during the Forum’s closing ceremony on May 2nd. Each winning project received a $10,000 USD prize in recognition of its achievement and impact.

Honorable Mentions

The World Justice Project is also pleased to recognize the following ten projects as World Justice Challenge honorable mentions, who have been invited to present their work in the World Justice Forum Expo:

To see more practical programs, please visit the WJP Program Library, which catalogs on-the-ground rule of law solutions the WJP has inspired and fostered through early-stage funding and network connections in 61 countries to date.

The 2019 World Justice Challenge competition was made possible through sponsorship by the WJP's League of Law Firms