International Conference on Micro-justice co-organised by ADHOC in Phnom Penh

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On the 24th-26th of October 2011 ADHOC and TISCO University co-hosted a conference on the micro-justice toolkit at the Sunway Hotel in Phnom Penh. There was great diversity among the participants with representatives from organizations based in the Netherlands, Indonesia, Egypt, Somalia, Rwanda, Kenya, Thailand, Burma and Azerbaijan. Representatives from the Cambodian based organizations Cord, YRDP and Peace Bridges took part in the conference along with students from the Phnom Penh Royal University.

Micro-justice, which often takes the form of mediation, has been used to solve conflicts in Cambodia for centuries. However, no official records have been kept and so far no set of tools for dispute resolution outside the courts has been developed in a national context. The need for alternative ways of achieving justice in the Cambodian society has not changed and therefore ADHOC is collaborating with TISCO University to develop a micro-justice facilitator toolkit in the form of guidelines for effective dispute resolution.

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