Workshop - Lawyering for the Poor: Legal Aid Provision in Low to Middle Income States and Prospects for Access to Justice under Proposed Reform,UK


Deadline:

January 18, 2016

Disciplines:

Law


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Lawyering for the Poor: Legal Aid Provision in Low to Middle Income States and Prospects for Access to Justice under Proposed Reform

This stream will focus on current provision of legal aid in low to middle income states, discuss reforms envisaged by domestic and/or international stakeholders and analyse the underlying ideologies informing these proposals and their likely impact. The aim is to develop a comparative assessment of the effects of different polities developing legal aid policies on litigants’ access to justice, on domestic governance and legislation (as a result of legal aid supported case law), and on international donor funded ‘rule of law’ programmes.

Although the UN Human Rights Committee has emphasized the importance of legal aid for equal access to justice, the UN General Assembly has to date made a limited commitment to mandate provision ensuring the right to fair criminal trial. This leaves legal aid to the discretion of states and other providers in respect of civil cases (which include the adjudication of gender relations in the family courts), administrative cases (in which citizens make claims against the state) and constitutional court cases (enabling challenges that legislation infringes fundamental rights).

Subsequently, specific national politics have resulted in very different legal aid regimes across low to middle-income states with varying dependence on forms of state and non-state, domestic and international funding. Legal aid may include provision by state salaried lawyers, lawyers in private practice (either working pro bono or in receipt of state subsidy), student staffed legal aid clinics, or civil society organizations. As these systems of provision adapt to new demands, donors’ and states’ assumptions about the relative cost, independence and professionalism of providers will inform policies with implications for legal aid providers and litigants.

This stream will result in an edited monograph collecting together studies of legal aid provision in several states critiquing existing discourse and practice, and contributing to developing national and international policy recommendations.

Abstracts may only be submitted via the Easy Chair Platform. They must be no longer than 300 words and should include your title, name and institutional affiliation and your email address for correspondence.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 18th January 2016.

Registration

There are a number of different packages available to delegates. These are sub-divided by SLSA Member, Non-Member, and Concessionary (Non-HE Charities). There are also a number of extras and supplements that can be purchased. Prices can be found in the table below, or via the Online Store.

Register via the Online Store

To purchase a conference package, please visit the Lancaster University Online Store.

Early-Bird, Standard and Late dates

Early-Bird - ends 6pm Friday 19th February

Standard - opens 6pm Friday 19th February, closes 6pm Monday 14th March

Late - opens 6pm Monday 14th February. Late bookings can be taken during the conference, subject to availability.

Package Details

3-day packages (with accommodation)

In addition to Conference attendance, all 3-day accommodation packages include bed and breakfast accommodation for 2 nights in campus standard accommodation, the Conference Buffet and Wine Reception, the Conference Dinner, lunches and refreshments

3-day packages (without accommodation)

In addition to Conference attendance, all 3-day without accommodation packages include access to the Conference Buffet and Wine Reception, the Conference Dinner, lunches and refreshments. The Local Organising Committee have booked rooms at two local hotels, which can be booked via theOnline Store Additional Options pages.

All PGR packages

For the purposes of registering for the Conference, a PGR is a delegate who is registered for a postgraduate degree at a higher education institution, and who does not also hold a full-time academic appointment at a higher education institution, or other full time job.

Concessions packages

A concessionary rate is available to delegates who work for a Non-HE charitable organisation. This rate is not available to those holding academic posts, or who are currently registered for a post-graduate degree, at a Higher Education Institution.

The purpose of this rate is to encourage the participation of organisations at the Conference in order to help establish research relationships between such organisations and academic staff and PGRs attending the Conference.

Day 1 Rate

All Day 1 Rates include attendance at the Conference on Tuesday 5th April 2016, Plenary Session, the Conference Buffet and Wine Reception, lunch, and refreshments.

Off-campus accommodation in Lancaster City Centre can be purchased via the Online Store Additional Options pages.

Day 2 Rate

All Day 2 Rates include attendance at the Conference on Wednesday 6th April 2016, lunch, and refreshments. Access to the Conference Dinner is NOT included and should be purchased as a supplement via the Online Store Additional Options pages.

Off-campus accommodation in Lancaster City Centre can be purchased via the Online Store Additional Options pages.

Day 3 Rate

All Day 3 Rates include attendance at the Conference on Thursday 7th April 2016, refreshments and a packed lunch.

Off-campus accommodation in Lancaster City Centre can be purchased via the Online Store Additional Options pages.

Tour of Lancaster Castle

The tour will last 1 hour and 15 minutes, and will focus in particular on law, crime and punishment. The price is a flat rate for adults and children. Transport into Lancaster City Centre is not included in the price.

More information about Lancaster Castle can be found on the Castle’s website, or via the Conference Excursion pages.

Dinner for Day 2 Day Rates

This supplement allows a Day Delegate to attend the Conference Dinner. Any Day Delegate may purchase this supplement.

Extra Night Accommodation (on-campus)

If you are arriving the day before the Conference (Monday 4th April 2016), or plan to stay on for an extra day after the end of the Conference (night of Thursday 7th April 2016), you can purchase an extra night of accommodation on campus in a campus standard bedroom.

Off-campus Accommodation

For delegates booking a ‘without accommodation package’, or for those attending as a Day Rate delegate who require overnight accommodation, accommodation can be booked at a discounted rate at the two centrally located hotels listed below via the Online Store Additional Options pages.

The rates are on a per-room basis with maximum occupancy limits. Additional guests may be required to pay a small supplement breakfast.

A return bus fare to campus is currently £2.50 (adult day return), buses leave regularly from bus stops close to both hotels.

The Sun Hotel, see also reviews of the Hotel via Trip Advisor.

The Toll House Inn, (known as Penny Street Bridge until 2nd December 2015), see also reviews of the Hotel via Trip Advisor.



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