Community Justice Institutions and Judicialization: Lessons from Rural Peru

  • Julio Faundez
Part of the Studies of the Americas book series (STAM)


As used in this chapter, the term “community justice institutions” refers to institutions that have three main features: first, they administer justice, but are not part of the official judicial system; second, they resolve disputes that, under the prevailing legal system, are within the exclusive jurisdiction of state courts; and third, they do not apply state law, although they often rely on general principles of law that are consistent with those found in the official legal system. In Latin America, this type of community justice is found both in rural and in urban areas. In urban areas they are often found in the shantytowns that encircle most Latin American cities and that stand as symbols of the shortcomings of the process of economic modernization. In rural areas they are often, though not always, associated with indigenous communities.


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