Digitalisation of Justice in MENA’s Fragile Contexts

ILAC Policy Brief 10

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the use of technology in many justice systems around the world. Even in jurisdictions where the introduction of new technologies has been slow, the pandemic accelerated the discussion of how to apply digital tools. Technology can certainly help bridge gaps in access to justice, but it also poses risks. Building on ILAC’s expertise on rule of law in fragile contexts, including in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), this policy brief aims to highlight the risks of digitalizing justice in Iraq, Libya, Palestine, Syria, and Yemen—all considered “fragile” under the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s fragile states index—and to make recommendations for a gradual and risk-sensitive approach to the use of technology.

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Author: Emily Patterson, Senior Lawyer at ILAC and Ali Alkhateeb, Legal Officer at ILAC.