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Title: Access To Justice For The Poor, Vulnerable And Marginalized Persons: Lessons From The Justice, Education Programs In Sub-Saharan Africa
Lead Presenter: Touray, Thomas Fuad
Session Abstract: This paper explores the access to justice challenges and factors that limit the realization of access to justice for the poor, vulnerable and marginalized persons and communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. It also examines the concept of Clinical Legal Education, its importance and discusses the justice, education programs and legal aid schemes that have been developed in most sub-Saharan Africa and how justice, education programs could be improved to further promote the rights of access to justice poor for persons and marginalized communities. Governments and the international community have made efforts to address the lack of access to justice for poor persons through legal aid schemes, empowering non-governmental legal aid providers to implement justice, education programs, the pro Bono schemes run by most law societies and allowing law students to offer legal aid services, have been very helpful to substantially fill the gap. However, access to justice remains limited for various reasons; for example, most justice, education programs and legal aid schemes remain in the urban areas and in some central regions. This creates a physical barrier that may result in the victims or users not attempting to close the distance gap hence choosing to relinquish their rights. The findings of this paper will help justice, education researchers, Law Clinics and non-governmental legal aid providers with the resources and complimentary views on the extent to which justice education could be sustained and efficiently implemented. In addition, the findings will help in limiting the major barriers on access to justice.
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