Access to justice

Directly relating to SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions), this policy brief looks at how the changing nature of organized crime and corruption may impact state fragility, inequality and conflict in the coming decades.
Focussing on SDGs 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals), this research report explores how organized crime and corruption will impact governance in 2050 and what states can – and should – do about it now.
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.
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.
This Practice Note from LexisPSL explains, for in-house lawyers, section 54 of the UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015, which contains a requirement for large commercial organisations (total turnover of £36m or more) to publish an annual slavery and human trafficking statement. The process of compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 is a core plank of advancing SDG 8.7 and the taking of immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking.
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LexisNexis UK, LexisPSL, Risk and Compliance, 5 June 2017

This overview from LexisPSL introduces the key issues business organisations need to know about human rights. It summarises some of the key human rights standards and initiatives that apply to business and the key actions that business organisations need to take in order to avoid causing or contributing to ad-verse human rights impacts. Business has a key role to play in advancing SDG 16.3 to promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all.
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LexisNexis Risk Soluions, 16 May 2017

LexisNexis partnered with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) to develop the Automated Delivery of Alerts on Missing Children Programme, known as ADAM. SDG 16.2 aims is to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children and the ADAM Programme provides a simple solution to engage citizens, businesses and organisations in finding missing children in the US. Watch two videos about the ADAM Programme.

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