Michel Gout


Michel Gout welcomed participants and described access to justice initiatives in the European Union. He discussed various instruments in European Union law that ensure access to justice (European Court of Justice, Court of First Instance, European Court of Human Rights, Brussels Convention Article 44, Hague Convention 2 Relating to Civil Procedures, Hague Convention 99 on Access to Justice, and Agreement of the COuncil of Europe on Transmission for Applications to Legal Aid). Mr. Gout described the successes of these instruments, and also the obstacles the European Union still faces in providing legal aid for its citizens.