Ashwani Kumar to inaugurate conference on equitable access to justice
Law and Justice Minister Dr. Ashwani Kumar will inaugurate and deliver the keynote address at a two-day international conference on "Equitable Access to Justice: Legal Aid and Legal Empowerment" here tomorrow.
The conference is being organized jointly by the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The department of justice is implementing a project on "Access to Justice for Marginalized People" (A2J) in collaboration with the UNDP.
The international conference will mark the completion of the Project. As part of the Project, international best practices on legal empowerment and legal aid have been studied, including through field visits to South Africa, Malawi, Indonesia and Sierra Leone.
The conference will also witness discussions on best practices from these and other countries by international experts in order to draw lessons for implementing similar programmes in India in the next phase of the project beginning in 2013.
The conference will be attended by 200 participants including 40 participants from 19 countries. They will include legal luminaries like judges of superior courts, jurists of international repute, heads of national legal aid agencies etc.
They will present and share their experiences in their countries and discuss the way forward for improving access to quality and speedy justice.
Chief Justice of India, Justice Altamas Kabir, who is also the patron-in-chief of NALSA, will deliver his valedictory address at the conclusion of the conference on November 18.