Egerton Law JournalVol. 1 No. 1-192 (2021)Access to justice is a basic principle of the rule of law and component of justice. It is a right guaranteed under international instruments and the Constitution of Kenya. Accessing justice is complex and can be difficult especially for the vulnerable and marginalized members in the society due to inequality, socio-economic status, gender bias and stereotypes in the justice system. I fully appreciate the work done by various entities in the justice system in promoting access to justice in their various spheres. The academy plays a pivotal role in access to justice as it is through its training that lives of those responsible for administering justice is initially shaped. The Faculty of Law, through collaboration and with the support of European Union and UNDP Amkeni Wakenyaco-created a conference on the theme Strengthening Access to Justice through Legal Aid. This conference brought together stakeholders in the justice sector to a high-level dialogue on access to justice and legal aid through presentations of quality papers on the various thematic areas. By discussing the thematic areas, the articles in this journal bring to the fore challenges and opportunities in the field of access to justice and legal aid that generate useful information for reading and future interventions to improve access to justice for citizens. Volume 1 focuses on the evolution oflegal aid and the legal framework associated with it. Itdiscusses legal education institutions as vehicles for promoting access to justice, the use of traditional justice systems as well as Paralegalism to expand the justice axis.
THEME: Access to Justice During the Electioneering Period in Africa in the 21st Century.
The National Legal Aid Conference by FOLLAP, European Union, and UNDP provides an opportunity for stakeholders to share experiences and mechanisms of addressing access to justice for the poor and marginalized during the election period in different contexts.
This year’s Conference focuses on these thematic areas:
- Trends in electoral processes in Africa in the 21st Century
- Political parties and the electoral process
- Citizen’s participation in the electoral processes
- Electoral management bodies
- Judiciary as a pillar of democracy for sustainable peace and development
- Access to justice for the poor and marginalized during election period
- Democracy in the digital age
- Data protection and the electoral process
- Role of the media in promoting access to justice during election period
- Role of the Civil Society Organizations in promoting access to justice in the democratic spaces
- SGBV in the context of electoral process
- Gender justice and the electoral processes
- The right to vote and standards for right holders and duty bearers
- Best practices in managing electoral processes
SECOND NATIONAL LEGAL AID CONFERENCE ON ACCESS TO JUSTICEVol. 3 No. 0- (2022)
THEME: ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR ALL IN A SOCIO- ECONOMIC CRISIS: Lessons from a Global Pandemic (COVID 19)
Access to justice is a cardinal component of the rule of law. Without people accessing justice at the hour of need their human rights are compromised. This right is aggravated when a crisis sets in as witnessed during Covid19 pandemic that struck 2020 ravaging the entire globe. The virus first identified in 1st January 2020 by WHO was brought to the world’s notice on the 10th January 2020 when WHO issued a comprehensive advice to all countries on how to detect the virus. While its effects were felt across the board by the poor, marginalized and vulnerable populations as well as the rich, the former were largely disadvantaged by the pandemic containment measures. With the lockdown across the world to control the spread and mitigate adverse impact, came various challenges for the marginalized with increased violations both in public and private domains during the period, making access to justice challenging. Read More...