Integrated or isolated?

How state and non-state justice systems work for justice in Nepal

In the context of transition from conflict to peace in Nepal, and the associated urgent need for the state to be seen to enforce rule of law and ensure access to justice for all, this report documents research which examines the relationship between state and non-state justice mechanisms. The purpose of this research is to begin to identify opportunities for strengthening coordination between state and non-state justice providers, with the aim of improving access to justice. Its intended audience is state security and justice providers, and those involved in supporting nonstate justice mechganisms such as paralegal committees and community mediation programmes. Research was undertaken in Banke, Jumla, Kailali, Mahottari, Panchthar and Sunsari districts from June to August 2011.