Reports and other documents

  • Legal Aid in Europe: Nine Different Ways to Guarantee Access to Justice? The research institute of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice (WODC) commissioned comparative research about legal aid in nine countries; France, Germany, Belgium, England & Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Poland, the Netherlands and Finland. This report addresses two questions: 1) How are state-financed legal aid systems organised in these countries? 2) Which minimum requirements for state-financed legal aid can be deduced from the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) and from case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)? Download the report by clicking here
  • Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems in Africa - This report was prepared by the Paralegal Advisory Service Institute (PASI) for the UNODC. Several GJG practitoners were involved in the research. The report shows that the laws governing legal aid recognise a lawyer-centred model. However, the numbers of practising lawyers in African countries are low in proportion to the overall population. Further, the large majority of these lawyers reside in urban areas, whereas the majority of the population live in rural or peri-urban areas. Thus, most people live outside of the reach of lawyers who can provide them with legal aid services. While the laws respect a right to legal aid, State budget allocations to legal aid are minimal in many countries. Access to legal aid is not available at all stages of the criminal justice process. It is particularly rare at police stations and is only sometimes available in prisons and in the lower courts. Download the report by clicking here
  • L'accès à la justice en Afrique et au-delà - Dans cet ouvrage, des praticiens de la justice pénale, issus de toute la planète, étudient les différents moyens d'apporter aux plus pauvres une assistance juridique en matière pénale, qu'ils se trouvent en Afrique ou dans d'autres sociétés en développement. Ces spécialistes établis- sent une définition de l'assistance juridique large et complète et en appellent aux gouvernements pour que, en partenariat avec la société civile, ils apportent une assistance juridique à toutes les étapes de la procédure pénale, qu'ils reconnaissent le rôle des méthodes informel- les de résolution des conflits, y compris les forums traditionnels, qu'ils diversifient les prestataires de l'assistance juridique et encouragent les citoyens à mieux maîtriser le droit. Cliquer ici pour télécharger le rapport en français. Download the report in English by clicking here.