Namati will be hosting the working session: The community paralegal movement and the pursuit of justice:
The United Nations estimates that 4 billion people worldwide live outside the protection of the law. These people can be driven from their land, intimidated by violence, and excluded from society. This session is about community paralegals – sometimes called barefoot lawyers – who demystify law and empower people to advocate for themselves.
Paralegals date back to 1950s South Africa and are active today in many countries, but their role has largely been ignored in solving the global justice gap. This session will focus on paralegal movements in six countries. Authors from a newly published book, “The community paralegal movement and the pursuit of justice”, will discuss learnings from these countries and look at where community paralegals have managed to scale justice solutions to address large-scale structural injustices.
Namati is a movement for legal empowerment around the world powered by cadres of of grassroots legal advocates.