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International Standards

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

The UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) publishes its interpretation of the content of human rights provisions, in the form of General Comments on thematic issues.
This proposal for a Council Framework Decision aims to set common minimum standards as regards certain procedural rights applying in criminal proceedings throughout the European Union.
Delegates from 22 African countries met between 22-24 November 2004 in Lilongwe, Malawi, to discuss legal aid services in the criminal justice systems in Africa.
These documents, updated as of early 2007, are a compilation of excerpts from the texts of international treaties and other instruments as well as summaries of selected case law of the United Nations Human Rights Committee, the Inter-American Court, and the Commission of Human Rights concerning the access to justice.
The principles and best practices on the protection of persons deprived of liberty in the Americas were approved by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights during its 131st regular period of sessions, held from March 3-14, 2008.
The Inter-American system of human rights has recognized the need to outline principles and standards on the scope of the rights to a fair trial and effective judicial protection in cases involving violation of economic, social and cultural rights.
This document from 2004 prepared by Open Society Justice Initiative gives an overview of the core requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights, and looks at the eligibility requirements for receiving legal aid in several countries.
The CPT is required to draw up every year a General Report on its activities, which is published. In a number of its General Reports the CPT has described some of the substantive issues which it pursues when carrying out visits to places of deprivation of liberty.