The aim of this project is to ensure that victims of discrimination, human rights violations, abuse of power and state collusion in criminal activity have access to justice. This will be done by establishing and supporting a network of public interest litigation lawyers, using legal cases to force institutional reform and accountability, and exploring the use of national and international mechanisms to ensure democratic accountability.
Transparency International’s annual reports on Malta consistently point out that Malta’s major problems are patronage (‘korruzjoni’) and clientelism. These are problems that are at once systemic and cultural, in the sense that patronage and clientelism have not been shown to be punishable and are therefore culturally accepted.
The overall objective of the project is, therefore, to strengthen democracy and the rule of law in Malta by setting precedents, changing systems and changing culture.