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Framing local conflict and justice in Bangladesh
 
Author:Das, Maitreyi Bordia; Maru, Vivek; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 5781
Country:Bangladesh; Date Stored:2011/08/29
Document Date:2011/08/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
Language:EnglishRegion:South Asia
Report Number:WPS5781SubTopics:Public Sector Corruption & Anticorruption Measures; Judicial System Reform; Legal Products; Gender and Law; Legal Institutions of the Market Economy
Volume No:1 of 1  

Summary: The institutional landscape of local dispute resolution in Bangladesh is rich: it includes the traditional process of shalish, longstanding and impressive civil society efforts to improve on shalish, and a somewhat less-explored provision for gram adalat or village courts. Based on a nationally representative survey, qualitative evidence from focus groups, and a telephone survey of 40 Union Parishad chairpersons (a little less than 1 percent of the total Union Parishads), it provides both an empirical mapping of local conflict and justice and pointers to possible policy reforms. It suggests a number of opportunities for strengthening local justice and argues that the village courts may pose a useful bridge between Bangladesh's informal and formal justice institutions.

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