Maria Nieves Urauga Mutuberric and Maria Rosario Palacios Gonzalez, jurists from Madrid, paid a visit to Istanbul Bar Association on Thursday, May 31, 2018 to meet with Atty. Aydeniz Alisbah, Treasurer of Istanbul Bar Association within the scope of the EU Twining Project on Strenghtening the Legal Aid Services in Turkey . Chair of the Women’s Rights Center of Istanbul Bar Association Atty. Hale Akgün and Istanbul Bar Association Legal Aid Office Responsible Atty. Aylin Moralıoğlu also attended the meeting.
The Union of Turkish Bar Associations (UTBA) and the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Turkey are the beneficiaries of the project, which is jointly run by Spain, Lithuania and France. Mutuberric and Gonzalez rendered information on the components, communication plan, mission, vision, values, strengths and weaknesses of the project along with the written materials and draft website of the project. Mutuberric and Gonzalez underlined that the project primarily aims at creating public awareness on legal aid and access to justice for all in Turkey while increasing the number of applicants/beneficiaries in legal aid services.
Treasurer of Istanbul Bar Association Atty. Alisbah Tuskan informed the delegation on the legal aid services offered by the Legal Aid Offices of Istanbul Bar Association to vulnerable groups, in-service training given to the lawyers appointed by Istanbul Bar Association in such cases, Istanbul Bar’s activities for raising public awareness and projects jointly run by Istanbul Bar Association and other related NGO’s in Turkey.