Law and Justice
People across Asia face systemic challenges in resolving their disputes; enforcing their rights; and accessing the benefits to which they are legally entitled. To address these problems, The Asia Foundation’s law programs support Asian efforts to protect the legal rights of vulnerable groups; strengthen dispute resolution processes; and reform dysfunctional laws, policies, institutions, and practices. Read Program Overview.
Theories of Change in Practice
Development experts across Foundation country offices are working alongside researchers from London School of Economics' Justice and Security Research Program (JSRP). Using the Theory of Change (ToC) approach to international development practice, the research collaboration integrates social science research findings into specific, tangible interventions for development practitioners. JSRP researchers have so far been hosted by Foundation country offices in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Philippines, Cambodia, and Pakistan. Learn more about the research collaboration and working papers. Read a news release on the recent conference in London.
The Asia Foundation supports efforts to build more effective and responsive law and justice mechanisms, working with both formal and informal institutions. The Foundation works with partners in government, nongovernmental organizations, and within communities with the ultimate aim of helping to increase access to justice, improve community safety, strengthen peace and security, and accelerate sustainable growth and social development.
People across Asia face systemic challenges in resolving their disputes, enforcing their rights, and accessing the benefits to which they are legally entitled. To address these problems, The Asia Foundation’s law and justice programs strengthen and enhance access to formal and informal institutions that can help resolve disputes, reduce grievances, and advance social justice. In areas of violent conflict and state fragility, these institutions can also help break protracted cycles of conflict that can undermine development efforts.
The Asia Foundation recognizes that law and justice issues are complex, reflecting a range of principles and value-based systems that form part of the overall political, social, cultural, and economic drivers of development. For this reason, our programs draw on cross-disciplinary expertise—not just lawyers, judges, court administrators, and police officers, but political scientists, sociologists, gender experts, economists, peace and conflict specialists, and others—to better understand how issues relating to law and justice may be hindering development, and how more effective and responsive law and justice mechanisms can promote equitable and sustained growth.