Justice Sector

The justice sector is crucial in maintaining accountability. At the same time, justice sector institutions can be part of the corruption problem.

Corruption reduces the accessibility and quality of justice and the legitimacy of not only justice sector institutions but the state more generally. By undermining contract enforcement and property rights, corruption in the justice sector can negatively affect much needed investment in developing countries.

U4 examines approaches to improve justice sector integrity such as the monitoring of judicial reform processes and social accountability mechanisms. The rationale and effectiveness of specialised anti-corruption tribunals will also be explored. 

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Corruption Hunters – investigating and prosecuting financial crime

Author: Armytage, L
Release date: January 2006

Monitoring Performance of Legal and Judicial Reform in International Development Assistance

This paper examines the application of performance monitoring to justice sector reform in Cambodia and Papua New Guinea. It argues that international actors should support the development of frameworks that can monitor the impact of specific activities on sector performance rather than just monitoring implementation of reform activities. This will contribute to a more serious, research-based understanding of what works and what does not.

Author: Piron, L-H
Release date: January 2005

Donor Assistance to Justice Sector Reform in Africa: Living Up to the New Agenda?

This overview of donor approaches in Africa emphasises the need to take general development lessons into consideration when implementing rule of law reforms. Most importantly, donors need to be more astute in recognizing political constraints to implementing technical reforms.


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