EuroMed Justice’s first seminar on “Good practices and models in implementing legal aid” took place in Luxembourg on 2-5 October 2017. Representatives of the Ministry of Justice and, for the first time, of Bar Associations and Civil Society Organizations from Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia attended the seminar.
The objective was to develop capacity-building for the relevant stakeholders in the implementation of legal aid and to align national legislation with international standards.
Concretely, the participants discussed the situation of legal aid in the Mediterranean region and in Europe and identified the models and standards for their implementation. They were involved in the update of EuroMed Justice III's ‘Handbook which identifies and describes possible approaches and best practices to improve access to justice and legal aid’. Furthermore, a list of standards and good practices to be adopted at national level was discussed.
The final result will be the adoption of a ‘Regional Study on good practices and models in implementing Legal Aid’, which shall update and complete the Handbook, but also identify the possible approaches and best practices to improve access to justice and legal aid. This Regional Study shall be drafted for the use and support of the entities involved in the provision of Legal Aid, and shall therefore be practice-oriented. The final version of the Regional Study will be prepared upon SPCs’ replies to a questionnaire.
The second seminar on Legal Aid will be held in July 2018.
EuroMed Justice (2016-2018) is an EU-funded project which aims to contribute to the development of a Euro-Mediterranean area of cooperation in the field of justice and to the development of effective, efficient and democratic justice systems which protect and promote human rights.