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Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy

ISSN: 1750-6166

Online from: 2007

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Strengthening access to justice through clinical legal education (CLE)


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Title:Strengthening access to justice through clinical legal education (CLE)
Author(s):Christopher Walsh, (Department of Education, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK and Bridges Across Borders South East Asia Community Legal Education Initiative, Chiang Mai, Thailand), Bruce Lasky, (Bridges Across Borders South East Asia Community Legal Education Initiative, Chiang Mai, Thailand), Wendy Morrish, (Bridges Across Borders South East Asia Community Legal Education Initiative, Chiang Mai, Thailand), Nada Chaiyajit, (Bridges Across Borders South East Asia Community Legal Education Initiative, Chiang Mai, Thailand)
Citation:Christopher Walsh, Bruce Lasky, Wendy Morrish, Nada Chaiyajit, (2012) "Strengthening access to justice through clinical legal education (CLE)", Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy, Vol. 6 Iss: 4, pp.380 - 391
Keywords:Access to justice, Health care, HIV prevention, Human rights, Mobile phones, Online peer outreach and prevention (OPOP), Thailand
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/17506161211267446 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:This project was made possible through the support of Paul Arnold and Erin Flynn (Australian Youth Ambassador for Development program through AUSAID); Preeda Saiupparat, Maytavee Larddattanapon, Nauredol Wannarat and Tzerawong Suphomakul (BABSEA CLE Legal Trainers); Thitiyanun Nakpor (Mplus); Gurmit Singh (formerly International AIDS Society, Geneva); Panop Mechamnan (Chiang Mai University (CMU) Legal Clinic); Rapeepun Jommaroeng (the Thailand HIV program and Regional MSM program focal point at UNESCO); Natcha Polwai and Chewin Chiangkan (undergraduate law students from Chiang Mai University); staff from Violet Home, Mplus, Rainbow Sky Association Thailand (RSAT), BABSEA CLE, CLE Foundation; and Kristen Maule and Melissa Brody, BABSEA CLE International Legal Studies Clinic.
Abstract:

Purpose – Building local capacity to protect public health and promote social justice with stigmatized populations disproportionately at risk of HIV infection is difficult regardless of context. The purpose of this paper is to document an international collaboration's approaches to integrate sexual rights and community legal education into two HIV online peer outreach and prevention (OPOP) programs in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Design/methodology/approach – This paper documents an international collaboration's approaches to integrate sexual rights and community legal education into two HIV online outreach and prevention programs (OPOP) in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The project's goal was to increase access to justice alongside HIV prevention and education.

Findings – The paper illustrates how a clinical legal education (CLE) externship clinic can provide an opportunity for law students and advocates for justice to make an authentic contribution to assisting others, very different from themselves, in overcoming legal injustices in Thailand.

Originality/value – The paper argues that the CLE externship clinic provides a productive framework for designing e-democracy initiatives with future lawyers and advocates for justice to achieve a greater understanding of and synergy with the dynamic relationships between academic knowledge and its practical application to the legal and justice issues that will arise in the diverse communities they may work in the future. Furthermore, the paper also argues, that to improve e-democracy, equity and social justice, practitioners now need to acknowledge that technology is part of a suite of resources when it comes to HIV prevention and promoting human, legal and sexual rights, it is not simply the solution.



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