Justice Needs and Satisfaction in Uganda during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Justice Needs and Satisfaction in Uganda (PHOTO: HiiL) Justice Needs and Satisfaction in Uganda (PHOTO: HiiL)


The Hague Institute for the Innovation of Law (HiiL) in collaboration with JLOS used an innovative methodology to study the justice needs of the people in Uganda during the Covid-19 Pandemic. An online survey questionnaire was distributed twice: in April-June 2021 and October-December 2021. Confirming the results of previous research, the studies found that almost every respondent had to deal with a legal problem in the previous year.

The sample is non-representative but provides interesting and actionable insights into the demand for justice in Uganda during the pandemic. Younger, better educated, urban residents face mostly debt issues, employment problems, family problems, and disagreements with neighbors. Older, less educated, rural residents face most often land problems, domestic violence, and crimes.

The relationship between COVID-19 and the need for justice is stronger among the younger sample. The study also shows that many justice problems that were not resolved in the first wave were resolved in the second. However, it is concerning that about 30% of the issues which were ongoing in the first wave are still in a process of resolution.

Check out for more results in the first and the second eJNS report.



Justice Needs and Satisfaction in Uganda (August 2021)

Justice Needs and Satisfaction in Uganda (March 2022)


Source: HiiL

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