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The LA Child project is a European project, implemented in Lithuania, Belgium and Albania.  It is coordinated by the Law Institute of Lithuania and carried out in Belgium by DCI-Belgium and in Albania by the Center of Integrated Legal Services and practices. It is developed with the pro bono support of DLA Piper, which is developing the research in ten other European countries.

Project main partners :
• Lituania – Law Institute of Lituania– coordinator
• Belgium – Defence for Children International (DCI)
• Albania – Centre of integrated legal services and practicies
• DLA Piper – European Law firm

The Law Institute of Lithuania under the Ministry of Justice (LIL) is a scientific research establishment founded in 1991 by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.

 

LIL conducts research in various fields of law (including constitutional and human rights law, civil law, EU and public international law, private international law, criminal justice, etc.) as well as provides legal opinions and extended researches upon requests of Lithuanian state institutions such as the Ministry of Justice, the Parliament or high courts. As part of its activities, LIL and its researchers actively participate in national and international projects and conduct trainings to national and foreign professionals.

 

Among other areas, the LIL has extensive experience in conducting applied researches and organizing trainings to professionals in the field of children’ rights. Currently, the LIL is leading two EU funded projects aiming at the enhancement of children rights and works on this topic on national level.

DEFENCE FOR CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL (DCI) – BELGIUM is a local and independent association founded in 1991. Since 1992 it is member of the DCI worldwide movement.

Although the DCI movement aims at defending and promoting all the rights of the child, DCI-Belgium mainly focuses its actions and attention on violence against children, deprivation of liberty, children justice, children in situations of migration and participation of children.

DCI-Belgium conducts action research (involving desk and field research), trains professionals, develop permanent education tools and activities, supports strategic litigation cases and conducts advocacy activities.

The Centre of Integrated Legal Services and Practices (CILSP) is an Albanian non-profit organization with an extended experience in the fields of juvenile justice and children rights.

The mission of the Centre includes helping vulnerable people, especially children, to access justice through provision of free legal assistance and psychological services, as well as contributing to the justice system development through creation of knowledge, provision of technical expertise and development of capacity building programs especially for justice professionals.

Over more than a decade, CILPS has assisted a high number of juveniles in all the steps of legal procedures. It has also conducted important research studies on the Albanian legislation and children rights in Albania

DLA Piper is a global business law firm located in more than 30 countries. DLA Piper has a leading pro bono practice providing over 200,000 hours of pro bono legal advice annually to NGOs, governments in post-conflict and less developed countries and vulnerable individuals. Their international team of lawyers focuses on upholding the rights of displaced people, promoting access to justice and strengthening the rule of law.

 

DLA Piper has contributed to the LA Child research project by assessing the legal framework providing legal aid to children and best practices across 11 European States.

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