Opening Justice through Access to Justice

12:00 - 13:20
Canada Hall, Shaw Centre

This high-level panel will explore the relationships between Open Justice and Access to Justice. Open Justice “refers to reforms designed to foster greater accountability and transparency in justice systems often through leveraging technology and innovation along with civic participation.” The principal goals of Open Justice “… are to increase access to justice and to ensure fairness in application by promoting a universal rule of law in a manner consistent with the values of the majority while safeguarding especially the rights of the minority.” Access to justice means different things to different people, depending on the legal problem at issue, the personal characteristics of those involved in the conflict, and other factors over which those involved may have some or no control. Access to justice is fundamental to the rule of law and is part of the foundation of sustainable democracies. Access to justice should be predictable, transparent, effective, non-discriminatory and accountable. Access to justice is reflected in the Sustainable Development Goal 16, target 16.3 which calls on countries to “ensure equal access to justice for all”. The panel will reflect on Open Justice commitments that improve access to justice and challenge attendees to make their own commitments.

Theme: Inclusion

Livestream: Yes

Open to media: Yes

Organizers: Justice Canada, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI), Task Force on Justice - Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, Ministry of Justice of Argentina

Languages available: English, French, Spanish

Event type: Panel


Slamet Soedarsono, Deputy Minister of National Development Planning of Indonesia, Kate Flatley, Executive Director, Women's Justice Initiative, Marcos Bonturi, Director of Public Governance, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Mila Carovska, Minister of Labor and Social Protection of North Macedonia, Mark Benton, Vice-Chair, Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters, Eugenio Curia, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Argentina to Canada, Argentina, Eleanor Thompson, Lawyer, Namati

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