The ninth meeting of the Task Force on Access to Justice took place from 14 June 2016 to 15 June 2016 (morning) in Geneva (Palais des Nations, Salle VII). The meeting was organised back to back to the twentieth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to be held on from 15 June 2016 (afternoon) to 17 June 2016 (morning).
The present meeting aimed to provide a platform for exchanging information on key recent developments concerning legislation, policy and case law with regard to the implementation of the third pillar of the Convention. The thematic session of the meeting focused on the scope of review. In particular, delegates discussed what decisions, acts or omissions could be the subject of administrative appeal and judicial review in accordance with article 9 of the Convention, what could be the grounds for their review and to what extent both procedural and substantive issues may be reviewed. Furthermore, the participants also discussed emerging or systemic issues that could receive priority for the future work of the Task Force.
The meeting was preceded by a special session for representatives of judiciary, judicial training institutions and other review bodies on 13 June 2016.
The background material for the meeting includes relevant information derived from 2014 national implementation reports and the synthesis report as well as the Convention’s Implementation Guide, the analytical studies and the jurisprudence database developed under auspices of the Task Force.