This module explores contemporary issues concerning access legal advice, representation and ‘justice’, including detailed examination of the impacts of Covid-19 on the delivery of justice.
This module explores contemporary issues concerning public access legal advice, representation and ‘justice’ within the legal system and the role of access to justice in mitigating inequalities and promoting social justice. In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the module will explore the principle of access to justice as central to the rule of law, and how courts and lawyers responded to the dramatic changes caused by the virus.
Focusing on law in action rather than law on the books, the course adopts an interdisciplinary approach drawing on the Faculty’s world-leading research and the work of its Centre for Access to Justice pro-bono activity. It demonstrates the connections between legal and other problems; the obstacles to getting legal advice and potential remedies offered through grassroots and strategic levels via courts and tribunals.
Students will explore leading empirical research in the field as well as practical examples of Covid-19 related impacts and recent strategic litigation. While the course will have a strong focus on England and Wales, there will be some comparative components with other jurisdictions and draw on international sources such as the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
This module is subject to change: because the module addresses topical issues, some areas of focus may be updated to reflect changing circumstances.
- Access to Justice in Critical Context
- The Theoretical Framework for Access to Justice
- Funding Access to Justice
- Legal Services and Legal Aid Provision
- Invisible Disability and Access to Justice
- Covid-19 Case Study: Criminal Law
- Covid-19 Case Study: Family Justice
- Covid-19 Case Study: Social Care
- Online courts and access to justice after Covid-19
- The Future of Access to Justice Legal Practice
Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, once students have made their module selections upon enrolment
Preliminary reading and viewing
- OECD/World Justice Project White Paper (2020). Building a Business Case for Access to Justice https://www.oecd.org/gov/building-a-business-case-for-access-to-justice.pdf,
- Amnesty International (2016), Cuts That Hurt: Impact of Legal Aid Cuts in England on Access to Justice available at https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/eur45/4936/2016/en/
- Public Health England (June 2020), Disparities in The Risks and Outcomes of Covid-19, June 2020, https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/890258/disparities_review.pdf
- Civil Justice Council (June 2020), The Impact of COVID-19 Measures on The Civil Justice System, https://www.judiciary.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/CJC-Rapid-Review-Final-Report-f.pdf
|Credit value:||22.5 credits (11.25 ECTS, 225 learning hours)|
|Convenor:||Sonia Kalsi; Karen Noakes|
|Other Teachers:||Dr John Sorabji, Rachel Knowles|
|Teaching Delivery:||Face to Face Seminar|
|Who may enrol:||LLM Students Only|
|Must not be taken with:||None|
|Qualifying module for:||LLM in Law and Social Justice;|
LLM in Human Rights Law;
LLM in Public Law
|Final Assessment:||3,000 Word Essay (100%)|