Introduction. Access to justice from a multi-disciplinary and socio-legal perspective: Barriers and facilitators

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https://doi.org/10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-1351

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Access to justice, multi-disciplinary, socio-legal, barriers, facilitators, Acceso a la justicia, multidisciplinar, socio-jurídico, barreras, facilitadores

Abstract

Since access to justice scholarship has gradually become a more multifaceted, international and empirical endeavour, this special issue illustrates a broader scope of contemporary access to justice research from a multi-disciplinary and socio-legal perspective. The issue gathers contributions from European and US scholars, representing different disciplinary backgrounds, such as law, sociology of law, political science, philosophy, social work, and criminology, yet with a common interest in access to justice. This includes the study of various contexts (apart from the courts) and actors (apart from lawyers) who make unilateral legally based decisions that have direct consequences for individuals, or in other ways facilitates or hinders access to justice in a (broader) democratic sense. Through its contributions, this special issue identifies and discusses a variety of barriers and facilitators in areas where access to justice is deemed problematic and therefor highly important for policy and practice development. 

Dado que los estudios sobre el acceso a la justicia se han convertido gradualmente en una tarea más polifacética, internacional y empírica, este número especial ilustra un ámbito más amplio de la investigación contemporánea sobre el acceso a la justicia desde una perspectiva multidisciplinar y socio-jurídica. El número reúne contribuciones de especialistas europeos y estadounidenses, que representan distintos ámbitos disciplinarios, como el derecho, la sociología del derecho, las ciencias políticas, la filosofía, el trabajo social y la criminología, pero con un interés común por el acceso a la justicia. Esto incluye el estudio de diversos contextos (aparte de los tribunales) y actores (aparte de los abogados) que toman decisiones unilaterales basadas en la ley que tienen consecuencias directas para los individuos, o que de otro modo facilitan o dificultan el acceso a la justicia en un sentido democrático (más amplio). A través de sus contribuciones, este número especial identifica y analiza diversos obstáculos y facilitadores en ámbitos en los que el acceso a la justicia se considera problemático y, por tanto, de gran importancia para el desarrollo de políticas y prácticas.

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Author Biographies

Asbjørn Storgaard, The School of Social Work, Lund University

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

Susanna Johansson, Lund University

Associate professor of social work at Lund University. Email address: susanna.johansson@soch.lu.se

Karsten Åström, Lund University

Professor emeritus of sociology of law at Lund University. Email address: karsten.astrom@soclaw.lu.se

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In this issue

Storgaard, A., 2023. Access to justice research: On the way to a broader perspective. Oñati Socio-Legal Series [online], 13(4-this issue). Available at: https://doi.org/10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-1352

Svensson, K., 2023. Advocating access to justice: Facilitating or gatekeeping? Oñati Socio-Legal Series [online], 13(4-this issue). Available at: https://doi.org/10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-1356

Pedersen, K.H., and Johannsen, L., 2023. When corruption hits the judiciary: A global perspective on access to justice and corruption. Oñati Socio-Legal Series [online], 13(4-this issue). Available at: https://doi.org/10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-1354

Lemann Kristiansen, B., 2023. Welcome to McDenmark. Oñati Socio-Legal Series [online], 13(4-this issue). Available at: https://doi.org/10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-1353

Graebsch, K., and Storgaard, A., 2023. Prison leave and access to justice: An insight into Danish and German law in action. Oñati Socio-Legal Series [online], 13(4-this issue). Available at: https://doi.org/10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-1355

Sandefur, R.L., and Burnett, M., 2023. All together now: Building a shared access to justice research framework for theoretical insight and actionable intelligence. Oñati Socio-Legal Series [online], 13(4-this issue). Available at: https://doi.org/10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-1357

Published

28-07-2023

How to Cite

Storgaard, A., Johansson, S. and Åström, K. (2023) “Introduction. Access to justice from a multi-disciplinary and socio-legal perspective: Barriers and facilitators”, Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 13(4), pp. 1198–1208. doi: 10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-1351.