Bridging the State-Society Gap: The Community Justice Liaison Unit of Papua New Guinea

Publication | December 2008

The Community Justice Liaison Unit is the mechanism through which the Law and Justice Sector Program helps civil society link with formal law and justice agencies.

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The Community Justice Liaison Unit was established under Papua New Guinea's (PNG) law and justice sector program, with the support of the Australian government, to enhance the capacity of PNG's civil society and facilitate its involvement in policy development and delivery of services in the justice sector. The case study highlights those efforts in a context characterized by broad-based ownership of sector reforms and shared interests among civil society and government actors. In addition, it underscores the role external actors can play in supporting traditional institutions - such as PNG approaches to mediation and restorative justice - while encouraging links between the formal and informal aspects of the justice system.


  • Foreword
  • Papua New Guinea Facts
  • Background: The Papua New Guinea Context
  • Law and Justice Issues
  • The Law and Justice Sector Program
  • Activity Areas and Achievements
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Success Factors
  • Looking Forward: Opportunities and Challenges
  • Conclusion

Additional Details

  • Capacity development
  • Governance and public sector management
  • Law
  • Papua New Guinea
  • BBK176008
  • 978-971-561-750-5 (Print)

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