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Candidate of Legal Sciences,
General Director of the Legal Center “Alekseevskaya and Partners”

DOI: 10.24031/2226-0781-2018-8-5-50-66

The article proposes a method for measuring sustainable development as a means of the
implementation of the Global Goal 16 of the United Nations Agenda. This method is the
primary attempt to quantify the quality of the rules of the judiciary and access to court as
a way to monitor sustainable development in the area of justice. In the recent years, the UN
drew attention to the fact that qualitative changes should be evaluated through quantitative
indicators. The author’s methodology is based on the fair trial standard formulated by the
European Court of Human Rights based on the interpretation of Article 6 of the Convention
for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, as well as the public services
standard of the Russian Federation. In relation to the previously set global goals, development
indices have been developed, but they do not apply to justice. However, it is necessary to
measure what we value, because data is an integral part of sustainable development policies.
The author proposes a technique for measuring qualitative changes in a quantitative way.
This indexing method helps to assess the current level of legal guarantees in the rules of
legal proceedings and draft legislations, and to establish their compliance with the fair trial
principles. Indexing the access to justice has another positive effect – it helps to monitor the
local situations and every level of the judicial system. Putting this method to practice will
encourage avoidance of the adoption of bills that might reduce the level of legal guarantees
and will assist attempts to monitor its dynamics. It might promote introduction of effective
procedures and better access to court, ensure the better accountability of all public justice
institutions at all levels and support overall societal wellbeing.

Keywords: sustainable development; rule of law; fair trial; quantitative measurement;
statistics; access to court; quantitative measuring of the quality.


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Information about the author

Alekseevskaya E.I. (Moscow, Russia) – Candidate of Legal Sciences, General Director
of the Legal Center “Alekseevskaya and Partners” (109074, Moscow, Slavyanskaya
Sq., 4, p. 2, room 403; e-mail: director@lcap-group.ru).

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Herald of Civil Procedure, 2018, no. 5, p. 50–66. (In Russian) DOI: 10.24031/2226-0781-

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