Researcher of Law Institute of Lithuania at the United Nations
Law Institute of Lithuania (hereinafter - LIL) researcher Dr. Agnė Limantė attended the Expert Group meeting at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime UNODC.
At the meeting in Vienna (Austria) at the United Nations, experts from all over the world discussed the quality of legal assistance in criminal matters, shared their experiences of their own countries and considered how the quality of legal aid could be improved. Representatives from Liberia, USA, Kenya, India, Thailand, the Netherlands, China, South Africa, Brazil, Uzbekistan and other countries are took part in this meeting. Dr. Agnė Limantė was invited to participate in the expert meeting as LIL is currently conducting an international project QUAL-AID aimed at finding the methods for improving the quality of legal assistance with its partners. The researchers analyzed the experiences of different countries and sought to distinguish tools, which could contribute to improving the quality of legal aid.
The UNODC prepares a publication - a guide on improving legal aid in the criminal justice process, and therefore seeks to gather as much data as possible about the experiences of different countries. Therefore, a meeting of experts from different countries was organized for that purpose. At the meeting, Dr. Agnė Limantė presented two reports, one of which was the presentation of the results of the international project, which is being carried out by LIL. More about the project can be found here: http://qualaid.vgtpt.lt/en