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What is the OECD Global Roundtable on Access to Justice?

The OECD Global Roundtable on Access to Justice is a forum for mutual exchange of good practices and lessons learned, and allows policy-makers to share experiences on improving access to justice for all, including from the perspective of people and businesses. Through its activities, the Roundtable provides countries the opportunity to discuss their views on best practices and institutional set-ups on effective dispute resolution, access to justice, and legal empowerment, share data and knowledge and undertake joint policy analysis. 


The Roundtable benefits from the work of an advisory research committee,  whose members are: 


Felix Steffek
University of Cambridge

Trevor Farrow
York University; Canadian Forum on Civil Justice

Daniela Piana
University of Bologna

Rebecca Sandefur
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Geoff Mulherin
Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales

The Global Roundtable supports countries in:

  • Monitoring and implementing the UN Sustainable Development Agenda on people-centric justice and to leave no one behind, including vulnerable groups 
  • Developing and delivering on the access to justice commitments as part of the Open Government Partnership to foster active citizenship and transparency 
  • Deepening the evidence base to make the business case for effective, responsive and accountable legal and justice services, by building on the OECD's work on multi-dimensional living standards and economic and social expertise
  • Designing an effective system for resolving disputes, including alternative and online mechanisms to foster business development and attraction of investment 
  • Reducing administrative burden in accessing legal and justice-related services for business

The Roundtable and related work will:

  • Inform strategic planning and decision‐making by policy-makers and providers of justice, legal assistance and dispute resolution channels 
  • Increase public trust in justice institutions 
  • Further develop capability within legal and justice institutions through support in the identification, development and promotion of appropriate programmes to develop the expertise of staff and providing mutual support and sharing the experiences.
  • Develop innovative approaches to delivery of legal assistance and service issues
  • Support and strengthen both global and national level dialogue with key stakeholders (including business, communities, civil society, representatives of different communities)

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