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Towards e-Justice: European and National Experiences

Towards e-Justice: European and National Experiences Our Legal Intern, Luca Brocca, writes about e-Justice and how technology both improves and hampers access to justice by investigating legal precedents at both national and EU level Technology can increase the efficiency and transparency of the justice system and make it easier for individuals to access justice. However, it also risks undermining access to justice for some (e.g., those without the Internet) if it completely replaces traditional processes.The term ‘e-justice’ encompasses a wide range of initiatives, including the filing of online lawsuits, the provision of online information (including case law), the use of…

Access to Justice in Environmental Matters

Access to Justice in Environmental Matters Our legal intern Luca Brocca writes about access to justice in environmental matters, the main legal instruments that protect it, and the obstacles to its implementation, through the analysis of concrete cases that illustrate the state of affairs in this area. According to international and European human rights law, the concept of access to justice obliges states to guarantee every individual the right to turn to a court – or, in certain circumstances, to an alternative dispute resolution body – to obtain a remedy when it is determined that the individual’s rights have been…

Access to justice and the right to an effective remedy for human rights violations

Access to justice and the right to an effective remedy for human rights violations  The concept of access to justice has many different elements, mostly connected to the right to a fair trial. However, perhaps the main right through which it materializes is the right to an effective remedy. This right is commonly included in international human rights instruments, but perhaps where it has become more important is in the context of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). It is laid down in Article 13 of this instrument, and throughout the years it has gained enormous weight, becoming one…

Volunteer with us: open positions on human rights activism and research

Volunteer with us: open positions on human rights activism and research Currently available positions:1. Legal InternshipsJust Access is seeking applications from excellent undergraduates and graduates in the early stages of their careers with a strong background in international human rights law to contribute to its work.We seek to provide our interns with the experience of working in an NGO, so each Just Access intern is likely to work on a number of assignments at the same time. These include independent research; background and policy research for reports and submissions before regional or international courts and UN mechanisms and initial drafting;…

Just Access – a voting member of the CIVICUS Alliance

Just Access – a voting member of the CIVICUS Alliance Today we are happy and proud to have become а voting member of the CIVICUS Alliance. CIVICUS is a worldwide community of informed, inspired, committed citizens engaged in confronting the challenges facing humanity with mission to strengthen citizen action and civil society throughout the world. We are looking forward to our joint action towards a better world. Except where otherwise noted, the content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Improving Access to Justice – Gender Based Violence: Good Practices and Challenges

Improving Access to Justice – Gender Based Violence: Good Practices and Challenges On May 18th Just Access and MAAT for Peace, Development and Human Rights co-organised a side event to the 31st session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on Improving Access to Justice – Gender Based Violence: Good Practices and Challenges. The event was moderated by Wessam Farid who welcomed and introduced the speakers: Ayman Okeli, Chairman of MAAT for Peace, Sara Masetti, Legal Felow at Just Access and Marketa Klicova, Head of Design at Just Access.Read the full presentation of the Just Access speakers below.Good…

Free legal representation before UN bodies for Ukrainian victims of human rights violations

Free legal representation before UN bodies for Ukrainian victims of human rights violations Just Access e.V. offers free legal representation before UN bodies for victims of human rights violations fleeing the war in Ukraine.Schedule an interview with us;Give us your statement about the experiences of war;Our legal team will draft and submit communications to UN bodies in search for justice for you.Please download the posters here: (in English and Ukrainian), print, distribute and share on social media! Spread the word! Except where otherwise noted, the content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

“Human Rights Situation in Qatar”-at the side event of the 49th Human Rights Council Session

“Human Rights Situation in Qatar”- at the side event of the 49th Human Rights Council Session  Our Director’s keynote speech at the side event of the 49th Human Rights Council Session organised by Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights on 24 March 2022.  Thank you very much for the invitation to discuss the human rights situation in Qatar. To keep things simple, I’d like to describe three reasons for optimism and three for pessimism.I’m optimistic about the human rights situation because in 2018 Qatar finally signed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Covenant on Economic, Social…

More Than Just A Home

More Than Just a Home Our legal fellow Sara Masetti, a volunteer in Avvocato di Strada, writes about the housing problem in Italy and the legislative that shapes it, the specific Italian context and the emerging creative solutions to it. She introduces the organisation and talks about her experience there as well as her motivation behind it. Italy, alongside with other 170 States around the world, is party to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) – one of the treaties at the base of international human rights law. This Covenant, signed in 1967 and ratified in 1978, states…

Proposals for remedying the diminishing trend of access to justice during police stops and custody in the EU

Proposals for remedying the diminishing trend of access to justice during police stops and custody in the EU  This post focuses on the issue of regular encounters with law enforcement authorities that lead to police stops, arrests and police custody, during which the fundamental human rights of the detainees are increasingly being violated. It highlights that specific categories of population are especially more frequently exposed to coercive treatment. Although there is a global trend of human rights being increasingly disrespected or outright violated by law-enforcement authorities when they impose coercive measures upon individuals they stop, arrest or place in custody,…

Diminishing access to justice during police stops and custody within the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic

Diminishing access to justice during police stops and custody within the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic  This post focuses on the issue of regular encounters with law enforcement authorities that lead to police stops, arrests and police custody, during which the fundamental human rights of the detainees are increasingly being violated. It highlights that specific categories of population are especially more frequently exposed to coercive treatment. Although there is a global trend of human rights being increasingly disrespected or outright violated by law-enforcement authorities when they impose coercive measures upon individuals they stop, arrest or place in custody, this post…

Just Access co-organiser of a side event on the Third session of the Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law on “Equal access to justice for all: a necessary element of democracy, rule of law and human rights protection”

Just Access co-organiser of a side event on the Third session of the Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law   The United Nations Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law held its third session on “Equal Access to Justice for All: a Necessary Element of Democracy, Rule of Law and Human Rights Protection” on the 16-17 November in Geneva. Just Access co-organised a side event to the session, together with Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights (Cairo, Egypt), the International Organization for the Least Developed Countries (IOLDCs) (Geneva, Switzerland), the International Alliance…