New set of training materials for lawyers and judges on access to justice for migrants, asylum seekers and refugeees

A new set of free training materials for lawyers on access to justice for migrants, asylum seekers and refugees was published last week by The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ).

These are aimed at judges and lawyers when taking decisions on or defending the rights of migrants and refugees. A short 10 page document provides a brief introduction to the five-part set of training materials.

Training module 1- 46 pages looks at fair asylum procedures and effective remedy.

The 46 page module 2 considers access to justice for migrants in detention.

Access to justice for economic, social and cultural rights is the subject of the 66 page module 3.

Module 4 – 42 pages covers access to justice in the protection of migrant’s rights to family life.

Finally 62 page module 5 examines access to justice for migrant children (the document is in English despite the Italian title page)

These modules were produced by the ICJ in co-operation with the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR), the Forum for Human Right (FORUM), the Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI), and the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (SSSA).

ICJ explained: “Migrants and migrant children experience an array of barristers to their access to justice, from being unaware of their right to not knowing where and how to seek advice and assistance. The justice system can be intimidating and migrants can often lack the financial means in order to access justice.

“A national legal system that can provide effective access to justice and remedies for violations of human rights is therefore essential.  The whole apparatus of legal standards, lawyers, judges, prosecutors, legal practitioners and activists must operate effectively to provide migrants with legal remedies for violations of their human rights.

“These training materials cover the most relevant international and EU legal standards on the rights of migrants, applicable in EU Member States.  The standards cited in these materials differ in their legal status.  Some are provisions of treaties are legally binding on the States that are parties to the treaty.  Others are provisions of non-treaty instruments. While non-treaty instruments are not in themselves binding, they represent the consensus of the international community on standards to which States should conform”.