• United Nations Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems - The main global normative and guidance document for legal aid. It is based on good practices around the world and is designed to help governments and civil society build a diverse, practical and cost effective legal aid system. GJG practitioners were engaged to produce the first draft of this document and it can be downloaded by clicking here.
  • Briefing on the UN Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid - This briefing provides the background and reasons for why this soft law document is needed for ensuring access to justice. It also summaries the content of the Principles and Guidelines, and what actions are required by whom. Download the document by clicking here.
  • UN Standard Minimum Rules for Non-custodial Measures (the ‘Tokyo Rules’) - The rules are helpful in reducing the use of imprisonment and rationalising criminal justice policies, taking into account the observance of human rights, the requirements of social justice and the rehabilitation needs of the offender. Download the document by clicking here.
  • The Lilongwe Declaration on Accessing Legal Aid in the Criminal Justice System in Africa - 128 delegates from 26 countries including 21 African countries met between 22-24 November 2004 in Lilongwe, Malawi, to discuss legal aid services in the criminal justice systems in Africa. Ministers of State, judges, lawyers, prison commissioners, academics, international, regional, and national non-governmental organizations attended the conference. The three days of deliberations produced the Lilongwe Declaration on Accessing Legal Aid in the Criminal Justice System in Africa, which was adopted by consensus at the closure of the Conference. Download the document in English by clicking here. It is also available in French and in Arabic
  • ECOSOC Resolution 2007/24 International cooperation for the improvement of access to legal aid in criminal justice systems, particularly in AfricaDownload the document by clicking here.