Justice Needs in Ukraine: Legal problems in daily life

This report by the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL) highlights the main findings from the 2015 Ukrainian Justice Needs and Satisfaction Survey, which has been compiled with input from more than 6,500 respondents from 24 regions of the country, including, despite the military activities in the East of Ukraine, respondents from Lugansk and Donetsk regions, as well asinternally displaced people (IDP). 

The main objective of the study is to explore and understand the justice needs and experiences of the people of Ukraine. It maps out the existing justice needs of Ukrainian men and women. The second objective is to understand the strategies that the individuals employ to respond to the existing needs for justice: where the people seek legal information and advice, which justice journeys they pursue to resolve the existing problems. From policy and practical perspectives, the most important part of the study is the attempt to understand how much fairness and justice the people receive when they need it. 

The report highlights a significant gap in access to justice in Ukraine along with difficult justice journeys. It also focuses particularly on the needs of IDP, and on the three more prevalent justice areas of employment, neighbour relations, and housing. Finally, it proposes bridging the gap between self-help and formal justice systems along with improving the access to information as the way forward, and argues for building an enabling justice environment.

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