JSSP AND THE AFGHAN JUSTICE SECTOR
The Asia Foundation’s 2012 Survey of the Afghan People found that, for the first time, more Afghans are using the formal justice system than the informal one. The current Afghan formal justice system represents the restoration of an accepted Afghan model that predates the Soviet invasion of 1979.
JSSP has been operating in Afghanistan continuously since 2005, working with ministries in Kabul, providing nearly nationwide provincial training, and implementing other important programs, such as legislative drafting help and the case-management system.
JSSP has maintained its relationship with the justice ministries for nine years, including relationships with significant cohorts of Afghan JSSP attorneys.
Over the past six years, JSSP grew to include more than 300 staff and seven permanent regional locations. During that time, JSSP trained thousands of Afghan legal professionals. JSSP has successfully implemented this expansive justice reform program in an extremely difficult environment. USAID specifically singled out JSSP in its Promoting Gender Equality in the National Priority Program (PROMOTE) Request for Proposal as a program that offers a wide array of professional development and networking opportunities in the justice and legal sectors. These opportunities include international study and networking events for women judges, year-long employment placements for new university graduates in law, and training for female corrections professionals on a variety of topics associated with running prisons.
JSSP has successfully been implementing transition of its entire program to Afghan ownership from its inception, as evidenced most recently by the wholesale transfer of JSSP’s regional training program to the International Development Law Organization (IDLO). IDLO, together with Afghan organizations, announced its “newest and most ambitious project to date,” the Justice Training Transition Program, on March 10, 2013 at the Council of Ministers in Kabul.