Access to justice for children
At the 2016 IBA Annual Conference in Washington, DC, the Family Law Committee and the Access to Justice Committee are co-hosting a session entitled ‘Children and the law… our role in protecting them’.
Part of this session will include looking at the 2016 research project that the IBA Access to Justice Committee and the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law have been working on. In light of this, please see further information below and a link to the survey which will inform the project:
The International Bar Association’s Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee will work again with the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law on a third research project within the scope of the Committee’s mandate and within core IBA interests more broadly.
The 2016 project looks at access to justice for children, exploring obstacles and solutions across jurisdictions. The study will examine the main challenges children face when they come into contact with the law and the justice system as offenders, victims or witnesses; assess the strategies and solutions employed across jurisdictions to address these challenges; and explore the transfer of good practices to inform access to justice across jurisdictions.
The project will have two components.
A short briefing paper will examine how the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda will be of importance for improving access to justice and the economic and social wellbeing of children and discuss some of the challenges ahead, particularly with regard to Goal 16 on the Rule of Law and Access to Justice.
A report will be published based on an international survey reporting practices across jurisdictions, including main obstacles and innovative examples of strategies that ensure effective access to justice for children. Research will be conducted by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law with input from the Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee, and support from the Law Society of England and Wales and the German Federal Bar (Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer).
The survey is available to complete here
The report will be launched at the IBA Annual Conference in September 2016.