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[ADVOCACY] SERI's Jason Brickhill speaks at LHR's "Access to Justice Convening" (13 June 2024).

JB LHR Access to justice convening 6JUNE2024On 6 June 2024, SERI's director of litigation spoke at the "Access to Justice Convening" hosted by the Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) at Bowmans. The convening brought together stakeholders from the legal sector including representatives from university law clinics, pro bono services, public interest law organisations, the Advocates' Bar, Legal Aid South Africa and the South African Human Rights Commission. Judge President Mlambo delivered the keynote address.

The convening was based on research commissioned by the Raith Foundation in 2023 entitled, "Public Interest Law Organisations in South Africa: Models, Impact and Sustainability". The report, which Jason Brickhill wrote, extensively reviewed both governmental and non-governmental organisations involved in access to justice. This research analysed the difficulties encountered by marginalised individuals and communities in resolving disputes and asserting their rights, while also assessing how well these organisations cater to their needs. The discussions at the convening focused on fostering collaborations, identifying challenges, and addressing gaps in access to justice which made for rich exchange about how to better increase access to justice in South Africa.