On April 26, representatives of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine joined the expert group of the grant project “Improving Access to Justice for Vulnerable People in Volyn, Kharkiv and Kherson Regions”, carried out with the support of the American people, provided through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in within the framework of the New Justice Program.
At the working meeting, the head of the legal clinic “Ad Astra” of the Lesya Ukrainka Eastern European National University Vitalii Yelov participated as a representative of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine. Also, the meeting participants were representatives of the Coordination Center for Legal Aid Provision, the Directorate for Human Rights, Access to Justice and Legal Awareness, the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, the Ukrainian Legal Aid Foundation.
The main achievement of the event was the determination of a further strategy of joint actions, in particular:
– advocacy of legislative changes in order to ensure human rights, in the event of refusal to provide such assistance by the state system, to choose alternatives to obtain such assistance from non-state free legal aid providers;
– updating data on non-state free legal aid providers
– creation of the Unified Register of free legal aid providers;
– automate the exchange of information about redirection, monitor their effectiveness, develop common standards of performance and assess the quality of legal assistance provided by free legal aid providers.
One more step to high quality of free legal aid in Ukraine was taken!
Prepared by Vitalii Yelow
Materials and photos: Legal Development Network