Justice in a Pandemic report: third briefing in a series examining the role of justice sectors in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

While some countries may be beginning to recover from the immediate health and economic shocks triggered by COVID-19, the social and political repercussions of the pandemic are likely to unfold over a generation or more. Justice sectors are at the forefront of responses to the crisis. If justice institutions aggravate rather than alleviate social tensions, the social contract will come apart. Conversely, if justice actors are seen to be defenders of fairness and inclusiveness, they can help build trust and give societies the cohesion needed for peaceful and prosperous recoveries.

Following briefings on Justice for All and the Public Health Emergency and Justice for All and the Economic Crisis, this latest briefing — Justice for All and the Social Contract in Peril — focuses on the role of justice in combating the negative social impacts of the pandemic.

Three members of our group – Allyson Maynard-Gibson, Beverley McLachlin and Willy Mutunga – co-authored the report published by Pathfinders and supported by more than 30 partners.

Read the report here.