Co-Chair
Jane Anderson

Co-Chair
Heike Loercher

Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee

The Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee aims to gather information from around the world on the barriers to access to justice in each jurisdiction and any ways in which these barriers are overcome, with specific emphasis on statutory schemes such as legal aid, publicising its findings with reports and events with a view to sharing and spreading good practice.

About the Committee

The Committee seeks to gather information from around the world on the barriers to access to justice in each jurisdiction and any ways in which these barriers are overcome, with particular emphasis on statutory schemes such as legal aid.

The Committee will publicise its findings through reports and events with a view to sharing and spreading good practice. The Committee recognises that many of those who will most benefit from its work will be unable to attend international events and so will provide all information through its website.

The Committee will serve as a central coordinating point within the IBA, where all matters relating to access to justice and legal aid (given the fact that, this is a topic that overlaps with diverse other Committees of the Association) will be handled.

The Committee will work with other committees and parts of the Association in developing joint activities and projects on access to justice and legal aid.

One of the great strengths of the IBA is its global reach, and this is something that we feel will help us in the ambitious task we have set ourselves; sharing and spreading good practice on access to justice around the world. Expectations, definitions and resources vary wildly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but the concept of justice exists everywhere. We believe that the differing approaches to seeking access to justice could provide a valuable source of ideas and information for jurisdictions struggling to maintain or improve access to justice in times of austerity.

Forthcoming conferences and webinars View All Conferences

News, Projects and Publications

A tool for justice - the cost benefit analysis of legal aid - September 2019

A report by the IBA Access to Justice Committee and the World Bank: Two-thirds of the world’s population lack meaningful access to justice. Cost benefit analyses from around the world suggest that the benefits of legal aid and related services significantly outweigh their costs. This report surveys around 50 cost and benefit studies of past and proposed legal aid programs and provides guidance on how to conduct one’s own cost benefit analysis of a legal aid program.


Documents circulated at the International Conference on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems, Tbilisi, 11-13 November 2018 


Legal Expenses Insurance and Access to Justice

A report by the IBA’s Legal Policy & Research Unit and the Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee: Legal Expenses Insurance and Access to Justice. This report presents a cross-jurisdictional analysis of nine jurisdictions where legal expenses insurance – a potential mechanism to increase access to justice for the “forgotten middle” – is available to individuals, and explores barriers to the greater implementation, uptake and use of LEI in the case study jurisdictions where the LEI market is limited.

Subcommittees and other groups

The Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee also coordinates the activities of the following subcommittees/working groups.

  • Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee Advisory Board