Supporting the development of an intercultural legal system in accordance with the rule of law (RPOJURIDE)

German development cooperation supports the development of an intercultural legal system in accordance with the rule of law. Working with the partner ministry and individuals representing the formal and indigenous justice systems, the project aims to increase respect for differences in legal cultures and to protect fundamental and human rights in the new justice system.


Support for the Transitional Justice System in Colombia (ProFis IV)

Objective: State institutions are in a position to deal efficiently and inclusively with criminal prosecutions under the transitional justice system. To this end, they meet various requirements, such as taking into account international doctrines, jurisprudence and lessons learned from comparable transitional justice processes in other countries. Special attention is paid to the victims, especially to women and minorities, such as the indigenous population and Afro-Colombians. State institutions also ensure access to judicial truth, e.g. in the form of indictments and court rulings, to help deal with the events of the past.


Consolidating the Reform of Criminal Justice Procedure and the Judiciary

Objective: Quality criteria based on the rule of law are applied when updating and implementing judicial reform. Therefore German development cooperation supports the reform efforts of Peru’s Ministry of Justice, its Supreme Court of Justice and the Public Prosecution Service, e.g. by helping them to develop quality criteria that apply when drafting and substantiating a criminal judgement, to analyse and professionally comment on the way Peru’s criminal courts and the Inter-American Court adjudicate with respect to basic procedural rights, to examine procedures and prepare materials that will increase the justice system’s efficiency and fight corruption.


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(u.a. Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, St. Lucia, Mexiko, Panama, Peru, Paraguay, Suriname, Trinidad and Tibago, Uruguay, St. Vicente and the Grenadine, St. Kitts and Nevis, Venezuela):
International Regional Law and Access to Justice in Latin America

In the future, the national justice policies of selected member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) – Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and Peru – are to be aligned with uniform regional standards and be verifiable using an associated set of indicators. The programme is supporting this process with three closely interlinked service packages: 1. Strengthening the common basis of rights and duties of OAS member states with regard to access to justice; 2. Strengthening inter-American justice and the regional body of established court rulings; 3. Promoting an efficient and independent judiciary through national actors.



Regions of work
Three most relevant areas of work
Capacity Building; Outreach; Rule of Law and Development