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Between Law and Society: Paralegals and the Provision of Justice Services in Sierra Leone and Worldwide

Vivek Maru, The Yale Journal of International Law, 2006

This article by co-founder Vivek Maru explores the methodology of Timap for Justice, often through treatment of specific cases, and considers the broader applicability of the paralegal approach to justice services.

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Delivering Justice to Sierra Leone’s Poor: An Analysis of the Work of Timap for Justice

Pamela Dale, The World Bank, Justice for the Poor Program, 2009

This article from the Justice for the Poor program at the World Bank analyzes Timap’s theory, methods, and impact. The paper is based on findings from qualitative case-study field research in Sierra Leone.

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Paralegals and Community Oversight Boards in Sierra Leone

Simeon Koroma, International Institute for Environment and Development and the Food and Agriculture Organizaion, Legal Empowerment in Practice, 2008

Co-founder and director Simeon Koroma discusses Timap’s paralegal services, community dialogues, and the role of Community Oversight Boards in helping paralegals conduct needs assessments and interface with the communities in which they work. This article appears in a collection of papers emanating from an IIED/FAO/University of Ghana international workshop on legal empowerment and land rights.

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Allies Unknown: Social Accountability and Legal Empowerment

Vivek Maru, Health and Human Rights, 2010

Timap co-founder Vivek Maru draws on his Sierra Leone experience while arguing that two strands of social action — legal empowerment and social accountability — ought to learn from one another.

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Custody, Maintenance, and Succession: The Internalization of Women’s and Children’s Rights Under Customary Law in Africa

Allison D. Kent, Michigan Journal of International Law, 2007

In this journal note former Timap intern Allison Kent examines the incorporation of international human rights norms into areas traditionally governed by customary law, touching on examples from Sierra Leone.

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An Evaluation of the Way that Paralegals at the Timap Programme in Magburaka, Sierra Leone, Deal with Family Cases

Lotta Teale, 13 August 2007

Independent family law specialist Lotta Teale assesses Timap’s work in cases concerning disputes within the family.

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Standing Up for Justice in Sierra Leone

Vivek Maru, Open Society News, Winter 2006-07

This issue of the Open Society News includes a short piece describing Timap’s work.

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Liberia: Resurrecting the Justice System

International Crisis Group, Africa Report No. 107, 6 April 2006

This International Crisis Group report on reforming the Liberian Justice Sector includes a case study of Timap for Justice and recommends that Liberian civil society consider a similar intervention.

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Timap for Justice: An Experiment in Providing Basic Justice Services to the Poor

Simeon Koroma and Vivek Maru, Concord Times (Freetown), 24 March 2006

This two part article describes Timap for Justice, an effort to
provide justice services through community-based paralegals.

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The Challenges of African Legal Dualism: An Experiment in Sierra Leone

Vivek Maru, Justice Initiatives, February 2005

This short essay considers the challenges of legal dualism in Sierra Leone and explains the way Timap for Justice attempts to respond to those challenges.

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Complete News Archive



01 May: Timap board member Hon. Alice Foyah passes away


14 April: University of Virginia students visit Timap



10 September: Timap launches community paralegal manual


01 June: IRIN cites Timap in discussion of "non-state" judicial services



21 September: Timap's Philip Sesay passes away

19 September: OSJI's Sonkita Conteh on how paralegals approach community-level issues


24 August: Slate article highlights Timap's role in investigating controversial Sierra Leone adoptions

24 August: World Bank report cites Timap's work, national paralegal efforts in Sierra Leone

16 August: Press Release: GIZ Donates Motorbikes and Other Office Equipment to Timap for Justice


03 May: OSJI's Sonkita Conteh states the case for paralegals in Sierra Leone



23 August: Press Release: Paralegal Justice Services Expand Across Sierra Leone -- 16 New Offices to Open in September


19 April: Joint Statement on the Conclusion of the Two Day Stakeholder Consultation on the Draft Legal Aid Bill 2010


26 March: World Bank study commends Timap’s work in delivering justice for Sierra Leone’s poor



14 February: President Jimmy Carter discusses Timap for Justice in article on post-conflict Liberia



31 October: Timap paralegals present at customary law conference in Botswana

21 October: Timap client acquitted of murder


30 May: Transparency International cites Timap's work



16 July: Timap for Justice urges Ministry of Education to fulfill obligations to junior workers


27 May: Timap mourns the loss of volunteer Ed Sawyer


24 February: Timap developing Litigation Corps



14 December: World Bank awards grant to Timap