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This section includes documents, papers, case-law – extracts, summaries or full cases – related to the right to legal aid.

On any particular day, around three million people are being held in pretrial detention, and during the course of a year an estimated 10 million people pass through pretrial detention.
The Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) welcomes the opportunity to submit comments to the European Parliament as part of a process which, it is hoped, will contribute in strengthening the EU’s position on human rights globally, through an ambitious and robust human rights policy.
UNODC has released a draft of the UN Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems. 
The European Commission published a Green Paper on detention across the European Union.
The Legal Briefing „The Right of Access to Lawyers for Persons Deprived of Liberty” was released by The Association for the Prevention of Torture in March 2010.
The „Handbook on Improving Access to Legal Aid in Africa”, 2011 was developed as part of a project to promote access to legal aid in Africa.
This report provides an EU-wide comparative analysis of the effectiveness of access to justice, across the EU Member States.
The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union adopted on 20 October 2010 the Directive on the right to interpretation and translation in criminal proceedings.
The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) issued its recommendations on legal aid.
The paper "The Right to Legal Assistance in Civil and Criminal Cases in International Human Rights Law"  by Richard J. Wilson will review in some depth the development in international human rights law of the right to legal assistance in both civil and criminal proceedings.