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Afghanistan: how to widen access to justice

Getting justice in Afghanistan is a complicated business.

Two main justice systems – state laws based on the civil law tradition and Islamic jurisprudence – combine with non-state institutions, such as traditional village jirgas (circles) or shuras (councils), to resolve local disputes and deal with offences.

  • Ali Wardak
  • The Conversation

Since the collapse of the Taliban regime, the US alone has spent well over a billion dollars rebuilding and reforming Afghanistan’s state justice sector, influenced by the Western system of retributive justice.

But the failure to engage with the Afghanistan’s own tradition of restorative justice and…

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