Access to Legal Aid in Estonia

UNHCR together with partners in Estonia undertook a study to assess whether current law and practice regarding the provision of legal aid in Estonia are in line with regional and international standards.

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In the past few years, a number of asylum-seekers have expressed concern regarding their access to state legal aid and the possibilities for an effective remedy in Estonia. UNHCR together with partners in Estonia therefore decided to undertake the present study to assess whether current law and practice regarding the provision of legal aid in Estonia are in line with regional and international standards. This study therefore represents a first review and analysis of the legal framework and practice related to the provision of legal aid to asylum-seekers in Estonia after the transposition of the second generation of the EU Asylum Acquis.

UNHCR Regional Representation for Northern Europe in collaboration with the Estonian Human Rights Centre has developed this study to support Estonia’s continued commitment to developing a fair and efficient asylum system. UNHCR hopes that the study will be a useful contribution to all involved in legal aid, including Estonia’s policy and decision-makers, in order to better understand and assess the current state of affairs in relation to access to and quality of legal aid for asylum-seekers.

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