Who we are


Microjustice is a Dutch Foundation that works for the Legal Empowerment and Inclusion of marginalized people and victims of humanitarian disaster.


The organization began its work in the post-war legal rehabilitation of refugees in the Former Yugoslavia and helped them reclaim their pre-war rights. Microjustice focused on solving refugees’ legal problems in all aspects of life, by arranging their identity-related documents across borders (81,088 documents in Serbia and Croatia), restoring property, solving banking issues, and ensuring pensions -to name a few-. A small branch of the program is still running today, arranging around 1000 documents across borders for (ex)refugees annually.


The concept of Microjustice was tested and developed in Bolivia as of 2007. It takes the model of Microfinance as a basis to produce a sustainable model of legal services for the poor. The experience in Bolivia was used to establish Microjustice Country Organizations in Peru (2008), Argentina (2010) Kenya (2011), Rwanda (2012), while operations in the former Yugoslavia use the sustainable businessmodel of Microjustice for cross-border legal aid to (ex)refugees. The experiences with legal empowerment in these countries were fundamental in the creation of the Microjustice Legal Empowerment Method that is used in the Legal Inclusion Program.


Microjustice legal services are focused on the practicalities of everyday life. The aim is to ensure that basic legal needs are satisfied to help provide individuals with legal protection and access to rights and entitlements such as public services, benefits and amenities. In particular, Microjustice focuses on non-litigious private and administrative legal matters that are fundamental for legal inclusion such as civil documents, and documents relating to: property and housing, income-generating activities, family law, and inheritance.

Track-Record Microjustice


1996:

Microjustice is set up as a Dutch Foundation that specializes in the Legal Protection of marginalized people and victims of disaster.

1996-2006:

Microjustice works in the post-war legal rehabilitation of the refugees in the Former Yugoslavia and helps them reclaim their pre-war rights. Microjustice focuses on solving refugees’ legal problems in all aspects of life, by arranging their identity-related documents across borders (81,088 documents in Serbia and Croatia), restoring property, solving banking issues, and ensuring pensions -to name a few of the numerous problems-.
Taking inspiration from its large-scale legal rehabilitation programs in the former Yugoslavia, Microjustice undertakes assessment missions for post-conflict legal rehabilitation in Georgia, Iraq, Sudan and Colombia. These assessments show that settling the legal issues of displaced populations (largely related to legal paperwork) is crucial for successful post-disaster rehabilitation anywhere, and is also essential for sustainable development (legal empowerment of the poor).
As a result, the concept of Microjustice is born in 2006 to provide standardized legal services in basic legal needs of vulnerable people in sustainable manner.

2007-now

The concept of Microjustice is tested and developed in Bolivia as of 2007. It takes the model of Microfinance as a basis to produce a financial sustainable model of legal services for the poor and marginalized. The experience in Bolivia is used to establish Microjustice Country Organizations in Peru (2008), Argentina (2010), Uganda (2010), Kenya (2011), Rwanda (2012), while operations in the former Yugoslavia use the model for continued cross-border legal aid to (ex)refugees. The experiences with legal service provision in these countries were fundamental in the creation of the Microjustice Method that is used in the Legal Protection Program.

Years of successes

SDG 16: LEAVING NO ONE BEHIND

Both the Legal Protection Barometar and the Legal Protection Platform contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 16 as set by the United Nations: 'promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. by providing acces to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive instituion at all levels.'
Alignment al our ambition with the UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • 2021

    Start campaign to promote Universal Access to Legal Protection with the roll out of the Legal Protection Barometer and Legal Protection Platform globally

  • 2018 - 2020

    Legal Protection Barometer and Legal Protection Platform method developed and tested in Serbia, Kenya and Bolivia

  • 2017

    Global Legal Protection Program launched
    Publication Microjustice Methodology Handbook & Microjustice Handbook for Humanitarian Crisis

  • 2014

    Wider recognition of Microjustice

    + Humanitarian Innovation Fund awards Microjustice
    + Cordaid Scale-up Award

  • 2012

    Establishment of Microjustice Rwanda

  • 2011

    Establishment of Microjustice Kenya

  • 2010

    Establishment of Microjustice Argentina and Uganda

  • 2009

    Publication of first Microjustice Handbook

    Initial Experiences & Best Practices in Bolivia, Peru and Croatia/Serbia

  • 2008

    Establishment of Microjustice Peru

    Establishment of Microjustice Peru: replication of the Microjustice Method

  • 2007

    Practical Implementation of the Microjustice approach in Bolivia

    Practical Implementation of the Microjustice approach in Bolivia

  • 2006 - Present

    Smaller scale legal rehabilitation services in the former Yugoslavia

    After 10 years large-scale legal service provision to the refugees, smaller scale continuation of legal rehabilitation services in the former Yugoslavia, arranging around 1000 documents across borders for (ex)refugees annually.

  • 2006

    Roundtable meeting in Madrid

    As a result, the concept of Microjustice is born, and its development started

  • 1997-2005

    Large-scale legal services programs for displaced populations in post-war situations

    Large-scale legal rehabilitation program for the refugees in the former Yugoslavia and assessment missions, advising on how to set up legal rehabilitation programs for the displaced populations in Sudan, Colombia, Iraq and Georgia/South Ossetia

  • 1996

    Established as International Alliances

    Established as International Alliances working in the post-war former Yugoslavia with its first office in Vukovar