Thank you to all of those involved in the 2017 ILAG Conference which took place in Johannesburg, South Africa

Below, you'll find all information necessary for the upcoming International Legal Aid Group Conference, which is taking place from 14-16 June 2017 in South Africa. Please check back regularly for the most recent information.


Sending Biographies and Photographs

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Presentation of Papers

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The Conference will commence with registration at 12.30 pm on Wednesday 14th June and finish at 4 pm on Friday 16th June. The Conference will take place in the
Crowne Plaza Hotel on Wednesday 14th June and Friday 16th June. On Thursday 15th June, the Conference will take place on the premises of law firm 'Bowman
Gilfillan' which is approximately 5.5 kms from the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Transport will be provided.


Evening Tour of Constitutional Hill - Wednesday 14 June

On Wednesday 14 June, conference delegates will be visiting Constitution Hill for an evening tour. Please note that it is winter in Johannesburg. You are, therefore, advised to wear warm clothes as well as comfortable shoes for this tour. The site used to to be a prison, it is quite chilly and requires quite some walking to see all the sites.


Travel Advisory

For information on travel from the airport as well as other helpful information please click here.



South Africa 2017 Final  Programme - Download


Conference Papers

Session 1

Ensuring Equal Access to Justice for All: Effective Legal Aid in Criminal Cases

- Anika Holterhof, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Challenges When Drafting Legal Aid Legislation to Ensure Access to Justice in Developing Countries with Small Numbers of Lawyers: Thinking Outside the Box

- David McQuoid-Mason, President of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association, Professor of Law, Centre for Socio-legal Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa


Sesson 3

Adoption of the Legal Aid Directive in the EU:  Step Forward to End Class Justice?

 - Zaza Namoradze, Director of Budapest Office, Open Society Justice Initiative


Session 4

Unmet Needs for Legal Aid After Prison in Denmark

- Annette Olesen


Sesson 5

Legal Aid, Technology and Access to Justice 2017

- Roger Smith

Digital Delivery of Public Legal Information in British Columbia, Canada

Mark Benton, QC, CEO Legal Sservices Society

Rechtwijzer: Why Online Supported Dispute Resolution is Hard to Implement

- Maurits Barendrecht (Hague Institute for Innovation of Law and Tilburg University)


Session 6

Self Help – Digital Legal Rights for Suspects

- Dr Vicky Kemp 

Community Legal Education for People Seeking to ‘Buy Themselves a Job’

- Jeff Giddings, Lorelle Frazer̴, Debra Graceπ, Scott Weaven & Michael Robertson


Session 7

Peer Review and Cultural Change: Quality Assurance, Legal Aid and the Legal Profession

- Professor Alan Paterson and Professor Avrom Sherr

Oversight of Legal Aid Decisions: Alternative Approaches in the Nordic Countries, the UK and the Republic of Ireland

- Anna Barlow, Åbo Akademi University, Finland


Session 8

Outsourcing Legal Aid in the Nordic Welfare States

- Ole Hammerslev & Olaf Halvorsen Rønning


Session 9 

Legal Aid Through the Lens of Developments in the Netherlands

- Herman Schilperoort, Head of Staff, Dutch Legal Aid Board

Making the Case for Civil Legal Assistance in the United States

- Rebecca L. Sandefur American Bar Foundation and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


National Reports

Australia - Download

Belgium - Download

Brazil - Download

Chile - Download

Finland - Download

Hong Kong - Download

Ireland - Download

Japan - Download

Scotland - Download

Sierra Leone - Download

South Africa - Download

Taiwan - Download

Tanzania - Download

The Netherlands - Download

United States of America - Download

Zambia - Download





Legal Aid Board, Ireland

Legal Aid South Africa

Legal Services Agency Northern Ireland


Ministry of Security and Justice, The Netherlands

Scottish Government

The Law Society of South Africa

University of Strathclyde Law School, Scotland

Webber Wentzel



Ab Currie

Alan Paterson

Ali Baqar Najafi

Ali Murtaza

Anderson Ngulube

Andriy Vyshnevsky

Anika Holterof

Anna Barlow

Avrom Sherr

Azarias André Massingue

Bonnie Rose Hough

Brownell Mchenry Uirab

Bryre Patchell

Christella Kankindi

Christina Ruhinda

Cleber Alves

Colin Lancaster

Denise Swanson

Earl Johnson, Jr.

Elsebeth Krogh

Eric Li Ka-Cheung

Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles

Fortunata Kitokesya

Fungai Chiware

Guo Jie

Han Xiutao

Herman J. Schilperoort

Izette Knoetze-Le Roux

Jeanne Charn

Jeff Giddings

Jerry Cheng

Jerry Makokoane

John Mcdaid

John Nangombe

Jon T Johnsen

Joy Bob-Manuel

Karol Limondin

Kathleen Denley

Lindsay Montgomery

Liu Shuaike

Louise Smith

Luc Gielen

Manabu Wagatsuma

Mark Benton

Merja Muilu

Minh Nguygen

Ole Hammerslev

Pascal Mukanya

Patience Daringo

Patrick Hundermark

Paul Dalton

Peter Brits

Peter Van Den Biggelaar

Philip O’Leary

Roger Smith

Shahin Rafique Ali

Steven Gibens

Susanne Peters

Suzie Forell

Tomoki Ikenaga

Tsong-Shyan Lin

Vicky Kemp

Vidhu Vedalankar

Zaza Namoradze