Measuring Justice: Justice Sector Evaluation & Human Rights

A conference by the International Human Rights Network

Date: Friday 26th June 2009
Venue: National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland
The conference took place at the conclusion of IHRNís annual Justice Sector Reform Training Programme Sunday 21st to Friday 26th June.


Measuring justice is a priority for a wide range of individuals and institutions. It is central to enhancing good governance including rule of law, combating corruption, addressing impunity and building effective, accountable justice sector reform.

The purpose of this IHRN conference is to facilitate the pooling of evaluation experience, to identify best practice and lessons for the future, with particular reference to measuring human rights impact.


The day will combine plenary panel discussions with sub-group sessions on selected themes. The indicative programme of topics and speakers is available here, and up-dates will issue.


Plenary discussions and sub-group sessions will explore a range of topics regarding the interface between best practice evaluation and human rights based approaches.

Sub-groups will address:

  • Case studies (potentially transferable lessons from from economically developed/ developing country contexts; as well as conflict/ transitional justice contexts)
  • Selected themes (access to justice, corruption, conflict) and institutions (courts, police, judiciary)
  • Methodologies & tools (qualitiative/ quantitative benchmarks & indicators, relationship between sector evaluation & monitoring/ oversight functions) and evaluation best practice

      Participants will include:

      Evaluators, inter-governmental agencies concerned with evaluation and the justice sector (EC, Council of Europe, UN), international field missions; Justice sector officials and oversight/accountability bodies; bi-lateral & multi-lateral development officials and civil society organisations from a range of countries and contexts including developed and developing world, conflict affected and transitional democracies.

          Conference Registration

          The conference registration form may be downloaded here.

          For conference up-dates kindly register for our email list by sending an email to with 'Justice conference up-date' as the subject.

          The conference registration fee is set out in the table below. The fee includes conference pack and compilation of justice evaluation materials; lunch and refreshments. Accommodation is not included, and details of a range of options are available, including on-campus, from the university events office ( A limited number of those on-campus bedrooms have been reserved for conference participants who register before 3 April 2009.

          The conference takes place at the conclusion of IHRNís annual Justice Sector Reform Training Programme Sunday 21st to Friday 26th June.

          A guidance note regarding logistics is now available for download here.


          Pre 3 Apr 09

          After 3Apr 09

          State/IGO officials/consultants



          Not-for-profit organisations/academics



          IHRN database experts

          10% discount

          not applicable

          Participants, Justice sector reform training programme

          conference included

          conference included

          Conference dinner (optional)
          add 40e
          add 40e