Somalia has a long rich history of restorative justice system using Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) approaches  and  techniques  aimed  at  resolving  disputes  in  a  non-confrontational  way, from  party-to-party  engagement  negotiations  an external party (Elders, Uluma and Intellectuals) used to impose solutions through mediation, consensus building, and adjudication to determine some sort of mutually agreed solution in reasonable standard of conduct and peaceful ways.

To rebuild Somalia’s traditional justice system and ensure the delivery fair and equitable justice to the vulnerable people Ministry of Justice, Government of Federal Republic of Somalia with support by international donors established Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Centers to promote fair and equitable access to justice for all Somalis, including vulnerable and minority   groups to lead improved human rights protections, stability and social cohesion.


Promoting  access  to  justice of the   informal  justice  system  to  offer  a  variety  of approaches  and  options  to empowered citizens to  find  satisfactory dispute resolutions to their conflicts.


  1. To provide transparent free justice services to the citizens and provide guidance on understanding cultural procedure of civil dispute resolution.  
  2. To train and upgrade knowledge of dispute resolution techniques for adjudicators and other staff members that are attached with ADR centers to have a better understanding of their work performances and discharge their duties properly and promptly.
  3. To prepare work standard procedures that can be monitoring the performance of ADR centers staff members.  
  4. To advise and train ADR adjudicators of the alternative dispute resolution centers on national laws, Islamic principles and international conventions in which the Federal Republic of Somali is part of them and in particular legal provisions that preserve human rights standards.   
  5. To create and maintain confidence of work relations between district administrations, courts, police authorities and other key stakeholders of the community in order to ensure work collaborations and serve for the best interest of the public.
  6. To emphasize the importance of traditional justice and modernization of alternative dispute resolution systems based on the interests of the Somali society.
  7. To strengthen legal capacity of the traditional elders through guidance of ADR standard operating procedures, customs and Somali domestic laws. 
  8. To resolve disputes between communities, register litigation information and results of resolved disputes provided by the adjudicators in the relevant ADR centers.
  9. To monitor and provide constant assessment in relation to the work performances carried out by the adjudicators in ADR centers and to prepare credible reports on their achievements, existing challenges and their way of resolutions.   
  10.  To safeguard and strengthen the rights and equality of the community within the course of traditional customary disputes resolution.


Hotline Numbers:-

  1. +2521 86616 – Hamar-jajab ADR Center
  2. +2521 641458 – Karan ADR Center
  3. +2521 850195 – Hodan ADR Center