Developing a conceptual measurement framework for measuring access to justice in post-conflict settings
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Subjectaccess to justice; indicators; peacebuilding; post-conflict; rule of law; sustainable development goals
Access to justice has been recognized as an essential component of peace, sustainable development and conflict resolution. The international community acknowledged this significance with the 2015 adoption of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and, in particular, Sustainable Development Goal 16- Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions. Due to the many distinctive characteristics of post-conflict settings, attempting to measure access to justice in post-conflict environments remains challenging. In order to develop a conceptual measurement framework for use in post-conflict situations, this qualitative study reviews and analyzes the literature on access to justice, existing measurement tools designed to measure the concept, and data gathered through consultations with 10 subject matter experts in San Jose, Costa Rica. The resulting conceptual measurement framework accounts for the unique and varied ways that access to justice is experienced in post-conflict environments and suggests feasible options for implementation in the field.
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