Lawyering for Change – A conference by ASF
Presentation of the conference
The essential premise of the ASF conference Lawyering for Change is that today, access to justice is limited – or even non-existent – for millions of people in both the northern and southern hemispheres.
This situation is an obstacle to socio-economic development and to the rule of law, in that these people seeking justice have no way of asserting their rights.
In view of this cause for concern, what is the role of lawyers and of civil society?
At a time when legal aid systems are threatened, in the future should lawyers have more interaction with other stakeholders – psychologists, doctors, paralegals, etc. – to be able to respond to the needs of the most disadvantaged people seeking justice?
Does the change to better access to justice depend on legal empowerment? Is strengthening the power of action of people seeking justice, communities, and legal stakeholders – including through strategic litigation – the best way to solve these problems?
These are just some of the questions that will be discussed with practitioners from more than 15 countries from several continents. They will share their experiences in order to address the challenge: to reconnect people seeking justice with justice, and to make legal rights a reality.
Day 1 – Wednesday 30 November 2016
|8:30am||Greeting and registration of participants|
|9:00am||OPENING PLENARY SESSION: What is the lawyer’s role in social change?
|10:30am||PLENARY SESSION: Lawyering for change : straight from Africa, Asia and Europe
|12:15pm||Lunch (Departure to the workshop venues at 13:15pm)|
|1:30pm||WORKSHOP 1: From Rule of Law orthodoxy to legal empowerment
W1.1 : Client-centered approach: hot tips (FR/EN/NL)
W1.2 : Can lawyers bring justice closer to rights holders? (FR)
W1.3 : Bridging the gap between legal education and access to justice (EN)
W1.4 : International justice: from victims to rights holders (FR)
|WORKSHOP 2: From empowered people to committed institutions
W2.1 : ILN: How to build a community of practice? (FR/EN, until 5pm)
W2.2 : The hidden side of strategic litigation (FR/EN/NL)
W2.3 : Domino effect of legal aid on law players (FR)
W2.4 : Influencing access to justice policies: case studies (FR)
Day 2 – Thursday 1 December 2016 – Plenary sessions
|8:30am||Greeting of participants|
|9:00am||Recap of first day messages and perspectives of the second day
Larry Taman, International Expert on Justice Sector Reform
|9:45am||Access to justice as a catalyst for socio-economic development
Paul Prettitore, Senior Public Sector Specialist at the World Bank (USA)
|Access to justice and sustainable development: facts and figures from the field
|1:30pm||The role of bar associations in the transition to democracy
|2:00pm||Sustainable development goals and access to justice: one year after
|3:15pm||End of the conference|
- Wednesday 30 November 2016 (8:30am – 16:30pm)
- Thursday 1 December 2016 (8:30am-3:15pm)
- Plenary sessions: Salle Dupréel at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Campus du Solbosch, Building S, 1st floor, 44 avenue Jeanne, 1050 Brussels.
- Salle Dupréel at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Campus du Solbosch, Building S, 1st floor, 44 avenue Jeanne, 1050 Brussels.
- Institute for European Studies at the ULB, 39 Avenue F.D. Roosevelt, 1050 Brussels.
- Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management de l’ULB, 42 avenue F.D. Roosevelt, 1050 Brussels.
- Full fee:
- €80 for both days
- €50 per day
- Reduced fee (trainee lawyers, students and members of the International Legal Network as of 01/06/2016:
- €40 for both days
- €25 per day
- Payment: your registration will be confirmed when your registration fee is transferred to the ASF account (communication: “L4C”)
IBAN: BE08 5230 8022 2513
- For some international transfers, an additional fee might be added to the entrance fee. Avocats Sans Frontières unfortunately cannot participate in the payment of that additional charge. It is to be taken care of by the participant.
- Please note that all expenses incurred in attending the conference are to be borne by the participants.
- For logistical reasons, we will not accept payments in cash on the very day of the conference.
- Entry to the conference includes coffee breaks and a light lunch.
- Plenary sessions: French, English and Dutch, with simultaneous interpretation.
- Workshops: see programme above.
- avocats.be and OVB: 5 training credits per day.
Contact for more information on the content of the conference and the speakers
- Tel: +32 (0)2 223 36 54
- Email: email@example.com
Other sponsors: ALTIUS / Astrea / Bouteligier Janssens / buyle legal / FLHM Cabinet d’avocats / Paul Quirynen / RACINE advocaten