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Author Ursu, Anca-Elena

Title Between ideals and needs : is Malian customary justice incompatible with international human rights standards? / Anca-Elena Ursu
Published [The Hague, Netherlands] : Clingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (9 pages)
Series CRU policy brief
CRU policy brief
Summary Providing access to justice is a fundamental component of any functioning legal system and enabling such access is a state obligation under international human rights law. In the case of Mali, where the state has never been the primary justice provider, customary justice mechanisms are central to the provision of justice for the majority of the population. However, some policy debates juxtapose oversimplified pictures of customary justice systems with the ideals of Western justice systems. This brief will argue that efforts to improve access to justice should not be driven by assumptions that customary justice systems are incompatible with international human rights standards. These efforts should rather be led by the needs of local communities and individuals and aimed at addressing the challenges faced by customary justice systems. The brief makes recommendations for policy makers and practitioners who aspire to support customary systems in overcoming their weaknesses and to remedy the profound need for justice in Mali
Notes "April 2018."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Online resource; title from PDF caption (Clingendael, viewed June 3, 2018)
Subject International law
Justice, Administration of -- Mali
International law.
Justice, Administration of.
Form Electronic book
Author Nederlands Instituut voor Internationale Betrekkingen "Clingendael", publisher