JUSTPAL is a network that facilitates cooperation and cross-fertilisation between justice practitioners from across the globe. The Hague Institute for Global Justice is partnering with the World Bank to set up the JUSTPAL Secretariat in The Hague at the THIGJ premises.
In April 2011 the World Bank, in collaboration with the European Public Law Organisation (EPLO) launched the Justice Sector Peer-Assisted Learning (JUSTPAL) Network. This cooperative peer-based learning and knowledge-sharing resource on justice issues was intended for practitioners in countries in Europe and Central Asia (ECA). However, the working area of the network has been broadened as the number of members from the non-ECA regions has swelled, and now includes all justice practitioners from every continent. The objective of the network is to address a key constraint in governance-related justice reforms: the absence of a region-wide peer-based network for justice sector professionals (e.g. judges, prosecutors, justice sector IT/human resource/budgeting professionals) to exchange good practices and peer-driven improvements to their respective systems.
JUSTPAL offers an innovative multilateral instrument capable of catalysing country-driven improvements to justice systems and thereby supporting improvements in service delivery, access to justice, investment climate and governance. JUSTPAL aims to enable justice professionals to draw on the rich and varied peer experience available within the Region – and outside. This is be done in close collaboration with the European Commission, OECD judiciaries and multilateral (e.g. EBRD, ADB) and bilateral partners.