Vincent Saldanha thanked the participants for attending the conference. He noted that it is also an uncomfortable situation to presume to speak on behalf of the poor, as the poor are neither voiceless nor invisible. He noted, however, that the discussions over the previous days were devoid of arrogance and patronage. He went on to note that, despite the many international perspectives presented at the conference, there were a great deal of commonalities between the issues facing those who provide legal services for indigent populations. Mr .Saldanha argued that there is a fundamental right to justice, and noted that this conference raised the issue of how (or whether) this right should be codified and promoted.
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