Everyone deserves to live in a just society in which each person is socially and economically secure, and where the state is politically, legally, and administratively inclusive and fair.
JUST SOCIETY is an interdisciplinary project that aims to promote equality by strengthening the rule of law, access to justice, and redistributive public policies through teaching, research and public engagement.
From legal, sociological and political perspectives, we explore the intersection of the institutions that shape street-level encounters between state and individuals in relation to access to justice and to redistributive public services and benefits. We aim to strengthen accountable and inclusive institutions that uphold the rule of law and provide equal access to welfare.
Development of research-based and interdisciplinary courses on the rule of law, access to justice and redistributive public services and benefits. The courses are tailored for students enrolled in MA-programmes in law, humanities or social sciences as well as practitioners working with street-level implementation of the rule of law or welfare in Global South countries. Courses in South Africa are currently being developed in collaboration with the Centre for Social Development in Africa (CSDA) and the Faculty of Law, University of Johannesburg.
Interdisciplinary research contributions to the fields of the rule of law and welfare policies in the Global South with particular emphasis on street-level encounters between state and individuals and the nexus of institutions that uphold the rule of law and ensure access to justice and redistributive public services and benefits. By combining legal research with sociological and political qualitative field research, JUST SOCIETY enables multiple perspectives on the development of a just society.