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July 2014

The Johannesburg Declaration on the importance of advancing implementation of the UN Principals and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems (that were adopted at the UN General Assembly in 2012) was endorsed at the global conference on legal aid held in Johannesburg, South Africa on June 26, 2014. The Declaration also contains an action plan that should be supported and enforced by respective criminal justice actors.


The Model Code of Conduct for Legal Aid Lawyers in Criminal Cases was drafted by members of the Legal Aid Reformers Network through a number of meetings in Chisinau, Kiev and Tbilisi in 2013, which were convened by the Open Society Justice Initiative.