Access to justice

Elsevier,

International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, Volume 47, December 2016, Pages 71-84

Equality before the law is a fundamental principle of modern law, however, examining access to justice for men and women shows that women face certain barriers in accessing justice. This paper details a study in Turkey on the linkages between SDG 5 gender equality and SDG 16 peace, justice and strong institutions.
The Government's scheme for individuals to apply for tribunal fees refunds has been rolled out to all applicants, after a "successful opening phase of the scheme". This reduces inequalities between richer and poorer employees and between richer companies and poorer employees contributing to SDG 10.
The crime and justice statistics collected by the UNODC are an invaluable tool for policy makers, law makers and civil society. Accurate statistics are vital indicators to enable resource planning for interventions. Targets for SDG 16 include 16.1 to reduce all forms of violence and related death rates and 16.4 to combat all forms of organised crime.
The detailed country surveys measure the extent and pattern of corruption across business, population and government administration. These indicators are vital to understanding this complex area and provide invaluable insight at country level. The report and tools on the UNODC web page inform target SDG 16.5 to substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms.
SDG target 10.3 is concerned with eliminating discriminatory laws. In the UK, it has been successfully argued before an employment tribunal that a discrimination claim - thrown out during the fees regime because the claimant did not pay - should be revived. This sets a precedent for reducing inequalities based on the ability to pay.
LexisNexis Legal & Professional,

 LexisNexis Australia, 8 August 2017

Justice Chandra (centre), Ana Cobona, Amelia Tukuwasa, Marie Chan, Myfanwy Wallwork
The goal of SDG 16.3, to promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and to ensure equal access to justice for all, relies to a large extent on access to the primary materials. The stability of the legal system of a State is usually assessed by the availability of its laws and their application and LexisNexis is proud to have been chosen as a partner to continue publication of the authorised Fiji Law Reports. Partnership for the goals is key to their success, as envisaged by SDG 17.
This Practice Note covers the main pillars of access to justice in environmental matters in the UK under the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention). Access to justice and the ability to effectively challenge environmental decisions are key to SDG 16.
To mark US Independence Day 2017, LexisNexis Legal & Professional has released new data for 98 countries indicating that the stronger a country’s rule of law, the greater it performs against measures of life expectancy, civil liberty, and happiness. This helps to demonstrate how SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions underpins all of the SDGs.
Terry Jennings speaking at the Wilson Center about the Rule of Law
The role of private enterprise and the rule of law was explored in a series of panel discussions at the Wilson Center in Washington DC on 17 May 2017. A range of expert panelists from across business and academia share their insights and initiatives, including Terry Jennings, Head of Rule of Law Development at LexisNexis Legal & Professional. Furthering the discourse on the rule of law is a vital component of SDG 16.3 to promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all.
Lawyers from the Juris Pilot travel to Myanmar to deliver training
The burgeoning economy in Myanmar is creating much opportunity in the country but this is putting a strain on the judicial system which is trying to keep pace with development. The Juris Pilot addresses the need for greater knowledge of international contract law by training government legal staff. Sharing knowledge between professionals advances SDG 16.3 to promote the rule of law at the national and international levels.

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