Access to justice is fundamental to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, which commit UN Member States to “promote the rule of law at the national and international levels, and ensure equal access to justice for all”. Gaps in access to justice reinforce poverty and undermine inclusive economic growth.

UNU research recognizes that justice is fundamental to the realization and assertion of an individual’s human rights. By focusing on vulnerable groups most acutely affected by justice gaps, such as migrants, UNU experts are illuminating the importance of approaching access to justice as part of a broader agenda for social justice in areas including health, gender and environment.

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Blog Post

To Prosecute or Not To Prosecute: The Need for Justice in Post-Conflict Sri Lanka

Envisioning a special court and transitional justice in Sri Lanka.

13 Dec 2017

Blog Post

Justice for Syria?

Whether the Syria Mechanism will bring justice for Syria.

21 Apr 2017

Media Coverage

Gaps in Global Advocacy for the Protection of Migrants’ Rights

Global migration governance and a new convention to strengthen migrant rights’ advocacy at the international level.

16 Mar 2017

Media Coverage

A New Era in US-UN Relations

Looking ahead as Donald Trump and Antonio Guterres assume their respective posts as U.S. President and U.N. Secretary-General next month.

04 Jan 2017

Blog Post

There Are 45.8 Million People in Slavery Today. Where Is the ICC?

The challenges for the International Criminal Court in successfully prosecuting slavery crimes.

14 Jun 2016


Comparative Study on the Digitalisation of Public Service Delivery in the Western Balkans (WB), the Eastern Partnership (EaP) and Beyond

Efficient, inclusive public institutions are key for reforms, sustainable development, and EU Acquis application, vital for achieving SDG16.

01 Nov 2022


Modern Slavery Risks Among People Lacking Official Documentation

This project examines modern slavery risks among people lacking documentation globally, including in Brazil, Kenya, and Nepal.

18 Jan 2024