Legal Empowerment in Humanitarian Crises

Microjustice developed the Legal Empowerment Method during its legal empowerment work in situations of humanitarian disaster. A handbook and toolkits are available, and you may access a preview of them here. If you wish to receive more information, please contact Microjustice at

Microjustice’s Legal and Administrative Services in Humanitarian Crises

The legal aspects of emergency response, disaster relief and rehabilitation are essential for a country’s long-term recovery, and these need to be structurally integrated into humanitarian response. Victims of humanitarian disasters often lose their basic legal and administrative documents which are necessary to prove their identity and ownership of property, or never had these documents in the first place. This leads to difficulty in obtaining refugee/internally displaced person (IDP) status, accessing aid programs and rebuilding their livelihoods. These problems are compounded by the fact that institutional infrastructures are often damaged, making the bureaucratic processes slower. The Legal Empowerment Program seeks to provide a solution to this complex web of problems.

Enhancing Existing Humanitarian Aid Efforts

Microjustice provides legal services which are needed to access humanitarian aid and to ensure sustainable rehabilitation. Legal Empowerment programs are implemented within the existing humanitarian relief infrastructure and in close co-operation with aid agencies. The objective is to complement existing humanitarian aid efforts and contribute to their effectiveness and sustainability.

The Benefits of the Legal Empowerment Methodology

The Legal Empowerment Methodology makes it possible to provide fast, effective and practical legal services in humanitarian crises. It helps victims resolve their legal issues, obtain legal documents (e.g. documents relating to identity and property) and fill out forms which are necessary to access reconstruction loans, get refugee status, obtain aid relief and restore their livelihoods. The Legal Empowerment Methodology and Toolkit can be used worldwide in post-emergency relief and rehabilitation efforts. By integrating legal services into the humanitarian aid efforts, the outcomes of these efforts become more structural and permanent.