>> Bridging Divides: Documenting Informal Justice Experiences and Creating Opportunities for Formal Sector Engagement

Status: Ongoing

Project Period: From (12/01/2019) To (30/09/2020)

Donor: USAID-PRLM (Promoting the Rule of Law in Myanmar)

Grant Size: Small


From 21 February to 5 July 2020, Justice Base’s team of lawyers and researchers conducted semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions in five townships (Hlaingthayar, Thanlyin, Dagon Seikkan, Mingalartaung Nyunt, and North Okkalapa) in order to understand how informal justice mechanisms operate in the Yangon Region, including individual perceptions of whether those mechanisms provide appropriate outcomes for those who seek redress, and to identify how the informal justice sector may be supported by formal justice actors, including lawyers.


The respondents for this research were primarily individuals who had turned to informal justice mechanisms in recent years to resolve their justice claims. Key informant interviews were conducted with community leaders, lawyers, and local authorities, particularly ward and village tract administrators.


The final report will be published in October.


Key numbers to date:

  • 3 initial consultation sessions,

  • 87 respondents interviewed,

  • 12 Focus Group Discussions,

  • 2 roundtables,

  • 1 final roundtable