KAMPALA, February 7, 2024 – The biennial Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting [CLMM ] will be held in Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania from March 4-8, 2024, according to the latest Media Advisory released by the organisation’s Secretariat.
With two-thirds of the world’s population without meaningful access to justice, the meeting will focus on examining responsible ways to use technology to make legal services and information more accessible to people.
The meeting will bring together law ministers and attorneys-general from the 56 member countries to discuss recent legal developments in their jurisdictions and drive action on people-centred access to justice for 2.5 billion Commonwealth citizens.
Key commitments and new initiatives will be announced at the meeting, especially around improving access to justice for all, the protection of women and girls from violence, and climate change legislation.
The opening ceremony will be held at Hotel Golden Tulip, Zanzibar Airport featuring a keynote address by President Samia Suluhu Hassan, and an address by Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland KC
There will be closing press conference at Karafuu Marquee, the Mora Hotel, featuring remarks from the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland KC, and Tanzania’s Minister of Constitutional and Legal Affairs, Dr Pindi H. Chana.
Meanwhile, a closing ceremony, featuring a keynote address by Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland KC will be hosted at Hotel Golden Tulip, Zanzibar Airport.
More about the meeting
Hosted by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, the meeting will focus on the theme ‘Technology and Innovation: How digitalisation paves the way for the development of people-centred access to justice’.
During the meeting, law ministers and attorneys-general from across the Commonwealth will discuss recent legal developments in their jurisdictions and explore responses to emerging justice issues affecting Commonwealth citizens.
“A key focus will be on examining responsible ways to leverage technology to improve law and access to justice, especially for marginalised people.
The outcomes from the meeting will advance mandates from Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings, including the Declaration on Equal Access to Justice, in line with Sustainable Development Goal target 16.3 of ensuring equal access to justice for all,” sources say.
The meeting agenda will cover a wide range of issues, including digital assets, electronic resources for efficient legal systems, the protection of women and girls, strengthened access to justice for people with disabilities and developments in climate policy and legislation.
Senior Officials Meeting
The Senior Officials Meeting will be held on March 4, 2024 in Zanzibar and will be chaired by the Ministry of Constitutional and Legal Affairs of the United Republic of Tanzania.
High-level side event
In partnership with the Commonwealth accredited organisation Barefoot Law, the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania will host a high-level side event on March 5, 2024.
The event will showcase the country’s Mama Samia Legal Aid Initiative, which aims to promote effective and inclusive access to justice in the United Republic of Tanzania.
Commonwealth Access to Justice Prize
The Commonwealth Secretariat will announce the winners of the inaugural Commonwealth Access to Justice Prize at an event on March 7, 2024.
The prize recognises innovative initiatives led by government ministries or departments that promote access to justice at the local or national levels.
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