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What is the OECD Global Platform on Access to Justice?

The OECD Global Platform 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 Platform will provide public bodies 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 Global Platform supports countries in:

  • Monitoring and implementing the UN Sustainable Development Agenda on people-centric access to justice and legal empowerment 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 access to legal and justice services by building on the OECD's work on multi-dimensional living standards and economic and social expertise. In collaboration with other OECD Committees and bodies, the OECD could articulate the links between access to legal and justice services and inclusive growth and national well-being.
  • Designing an effective domestic system for resolving business related 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 Platform 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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