*Access to Justice and the Challenge of COVID 19*

International Legal Aid Group Conference

Sydney, Australia: 22-24 June 2021



Welcome from Legal Aid South Africa

- Judge President Dunstan Mlambo – Chairperson, Legal Aid South Africa & Deputy Minister John Jeffery – Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development in the Government of RSA


Session 1

Ensuring Equal Access to Justice for All: Effective Legal Aid in Criminal Cases

- Anika Holterhof, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Challenges When Drafting Legal Aid Legislation to Ensure Access to Justice in Developing Countries with Small Numbers of Lawyers: Thinking Outside the Box

- David McQuoid-Mason, President of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association, Professor of Law, Centre for Socio-legal Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa


Sesson 2


Sesson 3

Engaging the Power of Community to Expand Legal Services for Low-Income Ontarians / Appendix 1 / Appendix 2 /

- Ab Currie, Senior Research Fellow, Canadian Forum on Civil Justice and Research Consultant to the Legal Health Check-up Project

Adoption of the Legal Aid Directive in the EU:  Step Forward to End Class Justice?

 - Zaza Namoradze, Director of Budapest Office, Open Society Justice Initiative


Session 4

Using Class Actions in Brazil to Protect the Homeless

- Cleber Alves, Professor at Universidade Federal Fluminense & Andre Castro, Chief Public Defender of the State of Rio de Janeiro

Unmet Needs for Legal Aid After Prison in Denmark

- Annette Olesen


Sesson 5

Legal Aid, Technology and Access to Justice 2017

- Roger Smith

Digital Delivery of Public Legal Information in British Columbia, Canada

Mark Benton, QC, CEO Legal Sservices Society

Rechtwijzer: Why Online Supported Dispute Resolution is Hard to Implement

- Maurits Barendrecht (Hague Institute for Innovation of Law and Tilburg University)


Session 6

Self Help – Digital Legal Rights for Suspects

- Dr Vicky Kemp 

Community Legal Education for People Seeking to ‘Buy Themselves a Job’

- Jeff Giddings, Lorelle Frazer̴, Debra Graceπ, Scott Weaven & Michael Robertson


Session 7

Peer Review and Cultural Change: Quality Assurance, Legal Aid and the Legal Profession

- Professor Alan Paterson and Professor Avrom Sherr

Oversight of Legal Aid Decisions: Alternative Approaches in the Nordic Countries, the UK and the Republic of Ireland

- Anna Barlow, Åbo Akademi University, Finland


Session 8

Outsourcing Legal Aid in the Nordic Welfare States

- Ole Hammerslev & Olaf Halvorsen Rønning


Session 9 

Legal Aid Through the Lens of Developments in the Netherlands

- Herman Schilperoort, Head of Staff, Dutch Legal Aid Board

Making the Case for Civil Legal Assistance in the United States

- Rebecca L. Sandefur American Bar Foundation and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign