Agenda

 22–23 November 2017 in Vilnius, Lithuania
Venue: Conference Hall of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania (Gedimino Ave. 30, IV floor, Vilnius)

22 November

8:30 – 9.00 Registration

9:00 – 9.30 Welcome speeches

  • Prof. Dr. Milda Vainiutė Minister of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Prof. Dr. Ignas Vėgėlė, Chairman the Council of the  Lithuanian Bar Association


9.20-9.30  Introduction of the Project and Partners
Dr. Agnė Limantė, Senior Researcher of the Law Institute of Lithuania


SESSION I: International and European Perspective to Legal Aid and Its Quality

Moderators: Prof.Dr. Matthias Jahn, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Germany, and
Dr. Agnė Limantė, Senior Researcher of the Law Institute of Lithuania

9:30–10:00 Tendencies of Legal Aid Quality Standards in the Case Law of the European Court of Human Rights

  • Speaker: Dr. Danutė Jočienė, Justice of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania


10:00 – 10:30 Right to Legal Aid in the International and EU Law

  • Speaker: Yolanda Vanden Bosch, Karel de Grote Hogeschool Antwerp and KU Leuven,  Lawwyer of the Lawyers Office Antwerpen, Belgium


10:30 – 11:00 EU Policy Goals of Directives 2016/1919 and 2013/48

  • Speaker: Barbel Heinkelmann, Representative of the European Commission


11:00 – 11:30 COFFE BREAK



11:30 – 12:00  Challenges of Legal Aid Quality Viewed under the Mandate of Ombudsperson

  • Speaker: Dr. Augustinas Normantas, Ombudsman of the Republic of Lithuania, Head of the Seimas Ombudsmen Office, Lithuania


12:00 – 12:40  Various Models of Legal Aid Administration/ Organisation

  • Speaker: Dr. Anželika Banevičienė, Director of State-guaranteed Legal Aid Service, Lithuania

12:40–13:10  Legal Aid Quality Issues from the Perspective of an Austrian (Defense) Lawyer

  • Speaker: Prof. Dr. Richard Soyer, Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria


13:10 – 15:00 LUNCH BREAK


SESSION II: Legal Aid Quality Issues from the Perspective of Stakeholders

Moderators: Dr. Laurynas Biekša, Advocate, Associate Professor at Mykolas Romeris University and the Judge in the Court of Honour of the Lithuanian Bar Association, and Inga Abramavičiūtė, Advocate, Chairwoman of State-guaranteed Legal Aid Coordination Board, Lithuania

15:00 – 17:00   Panel discussion. Stakeholders’ Attitude Towards Legal Aid Quality:  Courts, Police, Prosecutors, NGOs.

Participants of discussion:

  • Vladimiras Siniovas, Associate Liaison / Legal Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • Mikko Sipilä, Prosecutor, The Prosecutor's Office of Itä-Uusimaa, Finland
  • Dr. Dario Quintavalle, Ministry of Justice of Italy
  • Diego Rafael León Burgos, Legal Advisor, Brussels Delegation Spanish Bar (CGAE), Spain
  • Dr. Małgorzata Dziewanowska, Coordinator of Legal Clinic under Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw, Lawyer, For SECOND Foundation, Poland
  • Hugo Alexandre Matos Tavares, Inspector-Director of National Information and Criminal Investigation Unit, Portugal
  • Dr. Simonas Nikartas, Senior Research Fellow of Law Institute of Lithuania 
  • Dr. Gabrielė Juodkaitė-Granskienė, Judge of the Supreme Court of Lithuania
  • Edita Lastovskienė, Senior Officer of the Registration of Criminal Offenses Division of the Criminal Police, Lithuania


23 November


8:45 – 9.00 Registration

SESSION III: Best Practices in EU and Other Countries: Legal Aid Quality Indicators and Control Instruments
Discussion on Selected Aspects of Legal Aid Quality and Good Practices

Moderators: Prof. Dr. Christoph Burchard, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Germany, and
Dr. Susanne Peters, Researcher with Legal Aid Board, Netherlands

9:00 – 9:30 Legal Aid Quality Indicators and Control Instruments: Finnish View

  • Kirta Heine, Senior Government Adviser, Ministry of Justice of Finland, Department of Judicial Administration, Legal Aid and Enforcement Unit

9:30 – 10:00 Quality Assuring Legal Aid Services in Ireland

  • Ronan Deegan, Assistant Director, Civil Operations, Legal Aid Board, Ireland

10:30 – 10:30 Quality in Legal Aid

  • Glyn Hardy, Senior Service Development Manager, Legal Aid Agency, Service Development Team, England and Wales


10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break


11.00 – 11.30  Development of Legal Aid Quality Management System: Ukrainian Experience

  • Oleksii Boniuk, Acting Director, Coordination Centre for Legal Aid Provision, Ukraine

11.30 – 12.00 The Quality of Police Station Legal Advice: Lessons from the Ground in England and Wales

  • Dr. Vicky Kemp, Principal Research Fellow School of Law, University of Nottingham, former Policy Adviser with the legal Aid Board in England and Wales

12.00 – 12.30 Quality Assurance in the Netherlands

  • Herman Schilperoort, Head of Staff Department and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Board, Netherlands


12:30 – 14:30 LUNCH BREAK

SESSION IV: Defining Legal Aid Quality Indicators: The Point of View of Legal Aid Providers and Organisers

Moderator: Linas Sesickas, Advocate, Partner at Glimstedt law firm

14:30 – 16:30 Panel Discussion with Participation of Legal Aid Lawyers and Authorities in Charge of Management Legal Aid System and Decision-making

Participants:

  • Vaida Rudėnaitė, Chief Specialist of Legal Aid Division of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Representative of Lithuanian Bar Association
  • Herman Schilperoort, Head of Staff Department and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Board, Netherlands
  • Merja Muilu, Deputy Head of the Department of Judicial Administration, Head of the Legal Aid and Enforcement Unit, Ministry of Justice of Finland
  • Jeļena Bārbale, Head of the Legal Aid Provision Division, Deputy Director of the Legal Aid Administration of the Republic of Latvia
  • Ivanka Ivanova, Open Society Institute-Sofia, Bulgaria
  • William Wing-Ka, Directeur de greffe, Tribunal de grande instance de Rouen, France
  • Oleksii Boniuk, Acting Director, Coordination Centre for Legal Aid Provision, Ukraine
  • Liviu Alexandru Lascu, Prosecutor, Military Prosecutor's Office under Military Tribunal of Cluj, Romania


16:30 – 16:45 Conclusions and Closing of the Conference

  • Dr. Agnė Limantė, Senior Researcher of the Law Institute of Lithuania
  • Dr. Susanne Peters, Researcher with Legal Aid Board, Netherlands
  • Dr. Anželika Banevičienė, Director of State-guaranteed Legal Aid Service, Lithuania