On June 28, 2010, The Centre for International Governance innovation hosted a talk by rule of law expert Jasteena Dhillon. Afterwards, she sat down with Geoff Burt from the SSR Resource Centre to share her experiences with informal justice and security sector reform. Dhillon cautioned that while there are opportunities for complementarity between formal and informal justice, the international community has shown a tendency to see informal justice as a panacea for difficult state building projects. Reformers must be careful that in attempting to harness non-state security and justice structures, they do not undermine what gave them legitimacy in the eyes of the population in the first place. To watch the interview, please visit the Resource Centre’s multimedia section.
Jasteena Dhillon is currently teaching International Human Rights Law at University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law. She is a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School and an Affiliate Fellow with Harvard’s South Asia Initiative. She has 15 years of field experience working all over the world for the UN in Iraq and Gaza, the OSCE in Bosnia and Croatia, for INGOs like the Norwegian Refugee Council in Afghanistan and Sri Lanka and International Development Law Organization in Southern Sudan. She has worked all over the world on human rights and development issues for women, children, refugees, IDPs in conflict and post-conflict settings, with a special emphasis on issues ranging from development of rule of law institutions and governance, the role of customary and sharia legal systems, human rights and humanitarian law.