Source: (2003) Paper delivered at workshop on "working with Non-State Justice Systems held at the Overseas Development Institute held 6-7 March. Institute of Development Studies. Downloaded 12 December 2003.

Stephen Golub examines non-state justice systems to assess how to work with such systems in order to advance safety, security and accessible justice in developing countries. He concentrates in particular on Bangladesh and the Philippines. In Bangladesh there is widespread use of a community-based, non-state dispute resolution technique known as shalish. It operates in three broad forms: one is traditionally administered by local leaders; another is administered by a local government body; and a third is overseen by non-governmental organizations in parts of the county. In the Philippines there is a national Katarungang Pambarangay or Barangay Justice System. A formal part of the country’s legal system, it builds on indigenous dispute resolution practices. Golub summarizes various experiences of non-state justice systems in those two countries, and he recommends steps that can be taken by international assistance agencies in working with such systems.

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