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Access to Justice for Self-Represented Litigants?

Access to Justice for Self-Represented Litigants?

Robin Knowles CBE QC and Natasha Holcroft-Emmess add to the voices on the OxHRH Blog warning of the threat to justice posed by impending budget cuts, particularly to self-represented litigants. On Friday 30th of November 2012, the UK Civil Justice Council (CJC) conducted a national forum to consider how to safeguard access to justice for the [...]

Legal Aid in India: The Need for Strong Laws and High Minds

Legal Aid in India: The Need for Strong Laws and High Minds

By Persis Sidhva The Indian legal system has been ineffective in promoting a pro bono culture. The Legal Services Authorities Act 1987 provides for free legal services to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, women and children without any qualification regarding their financial status, persons with disabilities, victims of human trafficking, persons with an annual income less than [...]

April Fools: The Quiet Demolition of Legal Aid

April Fools: The Quiet Demolition of Legal Aid

By Jo Renshaw Following the celebration of National Pro Bono Week in the UK last week, Jo Renshaw, Partner and Head of the Immigration Team at Turpin & Miller LLP, reflects on the impact of the impending cuts to legal aid in the UK and why pro bono work will not be enough to fill [...]

Pro Bono Work in South Africa: From Moral Duties to Legal Duties

Pro Bono Work in South Africa: From Moral Duties to Legal Duties

Continuing in our series on the state of pro bono legal work around the world, Emma Webber blogs for us on the possibility of making pro bono work compulsory in South Africa. The advent of democracy in South Africa meant that all citizens would in future be treated as equals before the law. However, almost [...]

Pro Bono Law in New Zealand: A Work in Progress

Pro Bono Law in New Zealand: A Work in Progress

Following the celebration of National Pro Bono Week in the UK, this week we will be featuring updates on the state of pro bono legal work around the world. In this piece, Max Harris reflects on the past, present and future of pro bono work in New Zealand. New Zealand has a strong history of [...]

Oxford Human Rights Hub Celebrates National Pro Bono Week

Oxford Human Rights Hub Celebrates National Pro Bono Week

This week is National Pro Bono Week in the UK, a time to celebrate the contributions made through pro bono legal work.  In this spirit, we will be featuring posts on pro bono contributions made by Oxford students.  The Oxford Law Faculty houses two pro bono programmes: Oxford Pro Bono Publico and Oxford Legal Assistance.  [...]

A Quick Overview

Blog posts have been coming in thick and fast over the last month. To help you get up to speed, the editorial team has put together a quick summary of some of the major themes. Justice Verma Committee on Indian sexual violence laws The Justice Verma Committee submitted its report on the reform of India’s [...]