Access to justice research: On the way to a broader perspective

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https://doi.org/10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-1352

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Access to justice, literature review, legal aid, democracy, law and society, acceso a la justicia, revisión de la literatura, ayuda jurídica, democracia, derecho y sociedad

Abstract

In this paper a baseline of contemporary access to justice research is established. The baseline clearly illustrates key features of the research field suggesting that while the field of research has become more multifaceted in the course of the last two or three decades, it is nevertheless very much dominated by law scholarship and structural analysis of legal service provision. Departing from this overview of access to justice research as of today, five calls for future research on access to justice explicated in the reviewed literature is presented and discussed. I argue that future research on access to justice should: 1) Reach a clearer understanding of the problem (of access to justice), 2) consider a multidisciplinary approach, 3) support and develop evidence-based policy by committing to empirical research, 4) study a wider variety of social realities and 5) look for quality. The reasonings of this paper are based on a scoping literature review.

En este documento se establece una línea de base de la investigación contemporánea sobre el acceso a la justicia. La línea de base ilustra claramente las características clave del campo de investigación, sugiriendo que, aunque el campo de investigación se ha vuelto más polifacético en el curso de las últimas dos o tres décadas, sigue estando muy dominado por los estudios de derecho y el análisis estructural de la prestación de servicios jurídicos. Partiendo de esta visión general de la investigación sobre el acceso a la justicia en la actualidad, se presentan y discuten cinco peticiones de investigación futura sobre el acceso a la justicia explicadas en la literatura revisada. Sostengo que las futuras investigaciones sobre el acceso a la justicia deberían 1) alcanzar una comprensión más clara del problema (del acceso a la justicia), 2) considerar un enfoque multidisciplinar, 3) apoyar y desarrollar una política basada en pruebas comprometiéndose con la investigación empírica, 4) estudiar una mayor variedad de realidades sociales y 5) buscar la calidad. Los razonamientos de este documento se basan en una revisión bibliográfica de alcance.

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Author Biography

Asbjørn Storgaard, The School of Social Work, Lund University

PhD student of social work at Lund University. Email address: asbjorn.storgaard@soch.lu.se

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Published

09-12-2022 — Updated on 28-07-2023

How to Cite

Storgaard, A. (2023) “Access to justice research: On the way to a broader perspective”, Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 13(4), pp. 1209–1238. doi: 10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-1352.