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Legal Aid: Promoting Sustainable Development Through Greater Access to Justice

Garahan, Sabina (2020) 'Legal Aid: Promoting Sustainable Development Through Greater Access to Justice.' In: Leal Filho, W and Azul, A M and Brandli, L and Lange Salvia, A and Özuyar, P G and Wall, T, (eds.) Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer International Publishing, Cham. ISBN 978-3-319-71066-2

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The term “legal aid” is most commonly defined as state-funded legal advice, assistance, and representation provided to criminal suspects and defendants and to parties in civil proceedings who cannot otherwise afford legal services (Rice 2017). The key aim of legal aid provision is therefore to ensure access to justice on an equal basis to all. Some conceptions of legal aid also encompass legal education, access to legal information, and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and restorative justice processes (Knaul 2013; Kyiv Declaration 2007). Legal aid may involve advocating for law reforms and pursuing social justice aims such as improving the access to justice of vulnerable groups and alleviating structural inequalities (Jüriloo 2015). The more expansive conceptions of legal aid are, however, considered controversial (Abel 1996).

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2021 14:19
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2021 14:19

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