In 2009, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) conducted a needs-assessment of the Congolese judicial system in the DRC to assist the reconstruction of the justice system. 

Marked by war, corruption, fighting over the control of natural resources and serious human rights violations, including appalling sexual violence, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has greatly suffered in recent years and continues to feel the repercussions of ongoing conflicts.

The report aims to assess the key areas where expertise and assistance can be most helpful to assist in reforming the Congolese justice system, based on what is planned and what is already being done regarding the DRC’s judiciary.