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The Asian side of the world - II

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Jean-François Sabouret

Part Two. National challenges and strategies

Justice for the poor or poor justice?

Leïla Choukroune

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May 2013

The Lok Adalat (“people’s court”) is regularly celebrated in the Indian media as one of the most successful alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and is a relatively recent addition to the “justice for the poor” debate. Conceived in response to the flaws of postcolonial or transitional judicial systems, the aim of this international movement, supported by the World Bank and many other international organizations and donors, from the United Nations Development Fund to local nongovernmental orgnaizations, is to bring “access to justice” to the most vulnerable by restoring an “indigenous” legal system that is better suited to the poor. This bottom-up approach caters to the needs of the voiceless and is centred around communities to raise awareness of rights and bring justice to the needy. The Lok Adalat, and its Indonesian counterpart the Adat Council, are nonadversarial, informal, neo-anthropological approaches to law that attempt to reconcile the different features of a “...

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