Community Paralegals and the Pursuit of Justice

December 2018
Vivek Maru (Namati) & Varun Gauri (World Bank) Eds, Cambridge University Press

A book covering six countries, including South Africa, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Community paralegals seek to demystify law and empower people to advocate for themselves. Each chapter contains vivid accounts of paralegals helping communities to take on injustice. Explores questions such as: how have community paralegals adapted to and influenced their changing political contexts, from repressive regimes like apartheid South Africa to newfound democracies and, in some cases, back towards repression? Is it possible for paralegals to receive public funding without sacrificing their independence? What are five qualities of the most effective paralegals, and how can organisations nurture those qualities?