Access to Justice
in theory and practice

  • Workshop on 19-20 March 2018

European Tendencies and Perspectives

Access to Justice is a very important but still slightly underexposed topic among academics in many different fields such as sociology, law, criminology etc.

The need for research is not only enlightened through national studies on free process, legal aid, ADR, precarious groups etc. Also the accentuation of the duty of national states to secure access to justice in the European Convention on Human Rights art. 6 and in the EU Charter on fundamental Rights 2000/C 364/01, art. 47 calls for academics alongside with practitioners to contribute to the development of a deeper understanding of the contents of the terms access and justice.

In order to open for both general and principal theoretical debates and debates on more detailed topics the workshop will be composed of plenary sessions, as well as session panels.

There will be great opportunities for registered participants to give presentations on their own research as long as it reflects further development on theoretical understanding of Access to Justice, methodological challenges in the study of Access to Justice, contemporary means and barriers for obtaining Access to Justice or advocacy for Access to Justice.

The programme will mirror a balance between a systems-approach and a citizens-approach to Access to Justice. The presentations may start out from very different approaches e.g. narrow thematic perspectives, such as access to justice for specific groups like children, criminals, disabled people, foreigners, elderly etc. They may also refer to societal institutions of relevance like Courts and other conflict resolution means, legal aid and the like, or to societal obstructions or barriers for Access to Justice such as corruption.

Tentative programme

Monday 19 March 2018


12.00: Registration and light lunch
12.30: Inauguration,
Tine Sommer, Head of the Department of Law,
Opening speech

Keynote speaker Rebecca Sandefur,
Associate Professor of Sociology and Law,
University of Illinois, College of Law, US.
Civil Justice at the Crossroads”

14.00: Coffee
14.15:Session 1
16.00:Session 2
19.00:Conference dinner

Tuesday 20 March 2018


Keynote speaker Kerstin Svensson, Professor of Social Work,       Socialhögskolan, Lunds Universitet, Sweden.
“Advocacy – a nice idea, but a complex practice”



10.30:Session 3
13.00:Session 4
14.45: Panel/Roundtable
Wrap-up, Closing of the Conference

Registration and abstracts

  • Deadline for registration is 21 February 2018.
  • There is no participation fee
  • Food during the workshop and dinner on the 19th March will be covered for all participants giving a presentation
  • Everybody will have to pay for her or his own travel costs and accommodation.
  • Please send your abstract to Tinna Meyer, no later than 21 February 2018.

Book your hotel

We have prebooked rooms at two hotels in Aarhus for the conference:


CABINN Aarhus –

  • Commodore single rooms at a price of DKK 670 per night including breakfast
  • You can book the room yourself by mail or phone ( - +45 86757000).
  • Please refer to Block ID: 323976 when you book.


Comwell Aarhus –

  • Single rooms with breakfast at a price of DKK 1013 per night including breakfast.
  • You can book the rooms yourself at:
  • Please refer to booking no. 4608157 when you book


Deadline for booking rooms at these two hotels is 18 March 2018.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at , if you have any questions.


Department of Law
Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University
The Conference Center
Fredrik Nielsens Vej 2-4
8000 Aarhus C


Tinna Meyer

H bygn. 1414, 307
P +4587164932
P +4593508778