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Legal Co-operation Division


I have great pleasure in introducing you to the first issue of the Council of Europe’s Legal Co-operation Division’s newsletter. It will be of no surprise that this issue examines the many ways in which Council of Europe committees, working in this field, continue to work through the pandemic,...

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In conversation with Mr Joao Arsenio Oliveira

CDCJ President, Mr João Arsénio de Oliveira (Ministry of Justice, Portugal), discusses the impact of the guidelines on the efficiency and the effectiveness of legal aid schemes in the areas of civil and administrative law, and how they improve legal aid assistance.

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Council of Europe Guidelines on legal aid schemes in the areas of civil and administrative law

Stefanie Lemke examines the Guidelines and how they can help member States improve the functioning of their national legal aid systems in the areas of civil and administrative law. The Council of Europe published a set of guidelines adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 31 March 2021 to help...

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Guidelines on Online Dispute Resolution Mechanisms

Online communication in legal disputes has become increasingly important, especially during the pandemic, due to its practicality and lower cost. However, this form of dispute resolution may raise a number of challenges. Remigijus Jokubauskas and Marek Świerczyńsk discuss the Council of Europe...

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 Free civil legal aid decision-making tool - and its electronic tutorial (in Russian only)