How Access to Justice Helps in the Fight Against Poverty
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"the opposite of poverty is not wealth, but justice"
American social justice activist Bryan Stevenson
- For most governments around the world, however, justice and poverty are treated as distinct concepts. Poverty is addressed through higher incomes; justice, on the other hand, is the domain of judges and lawyers.
- Parliaments and executives keep the court system at arm’s length, protected from the influences of other branches of government. Lawyers act as protectors of legal principles, not agents for development.
This article was published by Open Society Foundations January 31, 2018 Peter Chapman, author.