Justice Leadership in a Pandemic: Read the Call to Action in Four Languages

by , | May 14, 2020

Last month, we released a call to action by members of the Justice Leadership Group – a call for justice leaders to step up, work collaboratively, and put people-centred justice at the heart of their response to the COVID-19 crisis. Now, we’re pleased to announce that the original English article is also available to read in Arabic, French, and Spanish.

The call to action draws on the work of the Task Force on Justice and its report on Justice for All. In the article, the leaders – a group including former ministers, attorneys-general, and chief justices from across the globe – recognise that justice ministers stand alongside health ministers at the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, but lack the same opportunities to collaborate across borders.

This lack of international collaboration has long been a barrier to progress in the justice sector, but in a time where justice systems are responsible for designing and enforcing lockdown measures, offering support to those facing rising levels of domestic violence, and preventing worsening humanitarian disasters in prisons across the world, the need for change is more urgent than ever before.

Accepting that the scale of the change needed is daunting, the leaders are nevertheless hopeful that it can be achieved, putting forward actions for strengthening justice through the building of knowledge platforms, the sharing of skills and information, the creation of informal regional justice groups, and more.

Read the call to action:

For further information, or if you’d like to help take forward this this call to action, read the original editorial by Sam Muller and David Steven, or contact Sam or David.


  • Sam Muller, founding director of HiiL

  • David Steven, Senior Fellow at New York University

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