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About the report
The first four years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs' promise of equal access to justice for all culminated in the Year of Justice in 2019 – which saw the publication of the landmark Justice for All report and the presentation of data on the global justice gap.
The report for the first time provided an estimate of the global justice gap, developed a broad typology of problems faced by the people and recommended that countries interested in change must put people at the centre of justice systems and policies. The report was the culmination of collaborative efforts between different organizations and researchers across the globe.
The second four years will conclude at the SDG Summit in 2023. We need to make 2023 a turning point for people-centered justice. This requires pan-global collaboration between governments, civil society organisations, researchers, academicians and implementers to capture data and evidence on what works to close the justice gap. Watch out for the Justice Action Coalition, which seeks to achieve measurable progress on justice outcomes for people and communities by the second SDG Summit in 2023!
Maaike de Langen
Maaike de Langen is Program Lead on Justice for All, a program of the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies at NYU’s Centre for International Cooperation. The program builds on the Justice for All report, published by the Task Force on Justice, which sets out an agenda for action for the achievement of SDG16’s promise of access to justice for all.
Maaike started her career with the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance, and Development (Leiden University). She then worked for UNDP in N’Djamena, Chad and at HQ in New York, working on governance, human rights, access to justice and legal empowerment of the poor. She was first advisor to the National ombudsman of the Netherlands for eight years, creating and leading the Department for Strategy and Policy. In 2014, she returned to Mali for a year, to design the Dutch bilateral program on Security and Rule of Law. She joined NYU-CIC early in 2018.
Swati Mehta is a Senior Program Officer, Justice for All, which is part of the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies project at New York University's Center on International Cooperation. Starting her career by providing legal aid for women, she soon moved on to systemic reform. More recently, her work has focused on legal empowerment as well as decentralization and democratization of justice, with people at the center of justice programming.
Working with several CSOs, UNDP and other justice programs in South and Southeast Asia, Swati has designed, managed and led several justice programs over the last 20 years. She has written, edited and reviewed several papers on legal empowerment, policing, legal aid and traditional, customary and informal justice systems.
A Chevening Scholar, Swati holds an LLM degree in International Criminal Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice from King’s College London. She loves to engage with young people, artists and musicians on justice.