Comparision of Nine European Countries Legal Aid Systems

HiL has released a fascinating study of nine European legal aid systems. This not only compares costs (based on hard numbers), but also hypothesizes which organizational, structural, and legal system aspects seem to be driving higher or lower costs.

The research institute of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice (WODC) commissioned comparative research about legal aid in nine countries: France, Germany, Belgium, England & Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Poland, the Netherlands and Finland.

This report addresses two questions:

  1. How are state-financed legal aid systems organised in these countries?
  2. Which minimum requirements for state-financed legal aid can be deduced from the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) and from case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)?

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