IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017

8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017

Room C4.7, Convention Centre, Level 4

Session information

Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee open business meeting

Tuesday 10 October (1230 - 1330)

Room C4.7, Convention Centre, Level 4


Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee (Lead)


The Committee will consider issues of concern to members surrounding access to justice globally. In particular, the Committee will consider the implementation of suggestions for reform in both law and practice for those with disabilities. The meeting will deal with the guidelines for an effective legal aid system (following the Belfast roundtable and the release of drafts by the Committee in conjunction with the Bar Issues Commission), together with an examination of the issues of self-represented litigants arising out of the co-presentation with the Judges’ Forum. The Committee’s involvement in the Presidential Task Force on Climate Change Justice and Human Rights and proposals for future action will be discussed. The Committee will review the essay and scholarship options for the 2017/18 year, and the involvement of regional fora and the Young Lawyers’ Committee in the Committee’s business programme moving forward. The involvement of committee members and officers in value-adding to IBA conferences and events in the ensuing year, together with a further membership strategy dialogue will also feature.