Riga, Latvia - 5-6 July 2018
This OECD Roundtable highlighted the efforts across OECD member and partner countries to strengthen equal and people-focused access to justice for inclusive growth and sustainable development.
Countries called for increased investment in access to justice, deepening the business case and supporting the national implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goal 16 on inclusive institutions and access to justice for all: women, girls and boys, youth and older people, indigenous communities and other vulnerable communities. The meeting also discussed the user-centric approach in accessing justice for business and investors, including small and medium enterprises, in support of the OECD Inclusive Growth Agenda and Policy Framework for Investment.
Results of the Roundtable will feed into the mobilisation around Justice over the coming years, including in the context of the United Nations High-level Political Forum in 2019, which will focus on “empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.”
Presentations by session
The OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría and Minister of Justice of Latvia Dzintars Rasnačs hosted a high-level session on “Investing in Access to Justice for All!”. Ministerial and other high-level representatives from Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Italy, the Netherlands, Ukraine, the Court of Justice of the European Union, CEPEJ-Council of Europe and International Development Law Organization (IDLO) came together to share their vision on the importance of investing in access to justice as a means to achieving a more just, peaceful and inclusive society.
It also featured the Launch of the OECD report on Access to Justice for Business and Inclusive Growth in Latvia.
The Policy sessions aimed to consolidate our understanding of country approaches to enabling effective people-centred access to justice services. Evidence-based and modern policy tools and criteria pertaining to people-focused access to legal and justice services were presented at the evenit, which explored the impacts of technology on legal frameworks and accessibility of services. Participants showcased country practices in measuring and understanding what works to ensure that no one is left behind in accessing justice, including ways to measure impact, outcomes, cost-effectiveness and efficiency of legal assistance and justice initiatives.
The roundtable is organised by the OECD in collaboration with the Latvian Court Administration. The Open Society Justice Initiative and the Justice Taskforce of the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies also co-convene events.