Access to Justice

The Uncertain Status of Child Rights in the UK

The Uncertain Status of Child Rights in the UK

This November marks the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). An atypical fusion of both civil and political, and economic, social and cultural rights,...
The Unified Screening Mechanism: Hong Kong to Assess Refugee Claims Alongside Torture Claims

The Unified Screening Mechanism: Hong Kong to Assess Refugee Claims Alongside Torture Claims

The UNHCR previously had the role of assessing and determining refugee claims (“persecution claims”) in Hong Kong in accordance with Art. 33 of the Convention Relating to the Status of...
National Pro Bono Week – Litigating for Justice and Empowerment at the LRC

National Pro Bono Week – Litigating for Justice and Empowerment at the LRC

This is the fifth post in our series celebrating National Pro Bono Week. OxHRH’s sister organisation, Oxford Pro Bono Publico (OPBP) provides annual grants to students undertaking unpaid or poorly...
Cutting Corners: The Procedural Illegality of Legal Aid Cuts

Cutting Corners: The Procedural Illegality of Legal Aid Cuts

In R (London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association & another) v Lord Chancellor [2014] EWHC 3020 (Admin), the High Court ruled that the consultation process adopted by the Government in reducing...
The Impact of Fees in the Tribunal

The Impact of Fees in the Tribunal

Fees for bringing claims in the employment tribunal were introduced in August 2013. Since then, the Ministry of Justice’s statistics have revealed a huge decline in the number of claims....
Clinical Legal Education as an Access to Justice Innovation

Clinical Legal Education as an Access to Justice Innovation

Imagine you got grant funding to develop an access to justice research agenda. Your grant application proposes the appointment of a team of law graduates to conduct research within a...
Presumptive Costs Orders: A Threat to Public Interest Interventions (Part II)

Presumptive Costs Orders: A Threat to Public Interest Interventions (Part II)

In a previous post, I reviewed the terms of the Government’s proposed new costs rule for interventions (cl 67, Criminal Justice and Courts Bill), and queried the Government’s characterization of...
Presumptive Costs Orders: A Threat to Public Interest Interventions (Part I)

Presumptive Costs Orders: A Threat to Public Interest Interventions (Part I)

The Criminal Justice and Courts Bill received its second reading in the House of Lords on 30 June 2014 and has now been referred to committee stage. Part 4 of...
The Irrelevance of Residence: The Unlawful ‘Residence Test’ for Legal Aid

The Irrelevance of Residence: The Unlawful ‘Residence Test’ for Legal Aid

In R (Public Law Project) v Secretary of State for Justice, the Administrative Court held that the Government’s proposed residence test for legal aid was ultra vires and discriminatory. The...
Chinese Environmental Protection Law – The Illusion of Enhanced Human Rights Safeguards

Chinese Environmental Protection Law – The Illusion of Enhanced Human Rights Safeguards

In April this year, the Chinese legislature amended significantly the Environmental Protection Law adopted in 1989. This post seeks to predict the amendment’s implications on Chinese citizens’ substantive and procedural...
European Legal Aid in a Domestic Framework – Part Two

European Legal Aid in a Domestic Framework – Part Two

As hinted in yesterday’s post, under section 4 of LASPO, The Lord Chancellor provided guidance on how to decide exceptional case funding applications made to the Legal Aid Agency. The...
A European Right to Legal Aid? Part One

A European Right to Legal Aid? Part One

A key aspect of the Government’s reform agenda regarding civil legal aid is the restriction, set out in Schedule 1 to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act...

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