Professor David McQuoid-Mason of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies presented a paper at the 2nd International Conference on Access to Justice and Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems in Buenos Aires.
The conference - held under the auspices of the Argentinian Ministry of Justice and Office of the Federal Public Protector, the International Legal Foundation, UNODC and UNDP - aimed to promote full implementation of the UN Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems (2012) and the UN Model Legal Aid in Criminal Proceedings Law (2015), particularly for Latin American countries.
McQuoid-Mason was one of the International Legal Aid Experts who assisted with the drafting of the UN Principles and Guidelines as well as the UN Model Legal Aid Law which he proposed at the First UN Legal Aid Conference in Johannesburg in June 2014.
McQuoid-Mason’s paper was titled: “Challenges Faced When Seeking to Include the United Nations Principles and Guidelines’ Non-lawyer–Centred Provisions in Legal Aid Legislation for Developing Countries with Small Numbers of Lawyers”.
He also facilitated a session on: “The Role and Function of Legal Aid Boards in Administration”.
McQuoid-Mason further arranged a meeting of African Legal Aid Providers which was facilitated by Judge Dunstan Mlambo, Chair of the Board of Legal Aid South Africa, and held several side-meetings with legal aid representatives from Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Fiji and Pakistan, all of which he has helped or is assisting with their Legal Aid programmes.