This project brought together Russian and Dutch experts in the field of legal aid and access to justice. The project succeeded in effectively influencing Russian policy makers in the field of legal aid, and also in assisting Russian regional governments to develop functional frameworks for designing civil legal aid systems. In this way the project made a substantial contribution to improving the effectiveness and efficiency of current and future regional Russian civil legal aid systems. The project intervention has also managed to bring the legal aid implementers and the policy makers closer together. The project team expects that this spin-off will contribute to paving the way for an ingrained more inclusive approach in the further development of the Russian legal aid systems.
This is another successful example of the CILC peer-to-peer approach, linking of Dutch, Bulgarian and Russian experts who demonstrated a practical and open attitude in sharing experiences and providing and explaining best practices.
Ingrid de Haer-Douma
- Russia // Legal aid experts visit the Netherlands 30 May 2013From 27-30 May a delegation of Russian legal aid experts visited the Netherlands to acquaint themselves with the Dutch legal aid system – one of the most developed legal aid systems in Europe – and to discuss the overall organization, the quality and effectiveness of state legal aid systems. CILC together with its Russian partner organization PILnet organized a four day programme for directors and specialists of so-called “State Legal Bureaus” from various Russian regions, including Penza, Ulyanovsk, Volgograd and Magadan, representatives of the Russian federal Ministry of Justice and of Russian regional governmental State-Legal departments. The programme included visits to the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice, the Dutch Legal Aid Board (Raad voor Rechtsbijstand) in Utrecht, the headquarters of the Dutch Legal Service Counters (Het Juridisch Loket), also in Utrecht, and a renowned Dutch law firm Schakenraad Advocaten that has a lot of experience in working with referred...
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- Russia // Legal Aid Roundtable in Samara 25 January 2013On Tuesday 22 January CILC took part in a roundtable in Samara that was organized by its Russian project partner PILnet. This roundtable hosted by the Samara Bar Chamber brought together representatives of various regional institutions that work on legal aid, such as the Samara Ombudsperson, Samara regional parliament, the Ministry of Justice, and several legal clinics, as well as representatives of the Bar Chamber of Ulyanovsk and the Sverdlovskaya Ombudsperson’s office. The roundtable focused on regional legal aid systems in Russia, their development and best practices. The federal law on legal aid, its regional implementation, regional legislation, coordination activities of different legal aid providers, quality in legal aid, and the future of Russian legal aid were high on the agenda. The input of the various participants will be used in making recommendations for regions on implementing good regional legal aid systems responsive to citizens needs. On Thursday 24 January...
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- Russia // Quality standards in legal aid 11 December 2012Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 November CILC organized a working meeting in Moscow on legal aid delivery in the Netherlands. Russian legal aid experts were briefed by CILC experts Herman Schilperoort and Edwin Borghs – Executive Secretary and Staff Executive of the Dutch Legal Aid Board – in a two day event that was staged at the Moscow branch of the global network for public interest law, PILnet. CILC experts Borghs and Schilperoort (first and second on the right) with PILnet Director Shabelnikov, legal aid expert Olga Shepeleva and social scientist Asmik Novikova (first, second and third on the right) at the working meeting in Moscow. The working meetings focused on quality standards and quality assurance in legal aid provision and on ways to monitor the effectiveness of the legal aid system. The Dutch experts spoke extensively about the methodologies they developed for safeguarding quality. Next to the basic conditions...
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