In every part of the world today, we hear authoritarian rulers making the same promise: I will fix all of your problems for you, but I must hold all of the power myself.
We know this to be a false promise. We know that the law works for people when it’s in the people’s hands - when it is understood, used, and shaped by all of us. This is the bedrock of the movement for legal empowerment.
We’ve pulled together wisdom from across the Global Legal Empowerment Network on how to deploy grassroots legal advocates - also known as community paralegals, or barefoot lawyers - who help people to understand, use, and shape the law.