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Injustice in Person: The Right to Self-Representation

Rabeea Assy


This book explores whether mandatory legal representation may sometimes be justified. Litigation in person is widespread in common-law jurisdictions and self-representation is treated as a fundamental right, regardless of financial means or the capacity to litigate effectively. This right is considered sacrosanct even in circumstances of extreme abuse of process, as, for instance, in ‘vexatious litigation’. By contrast, most civil-law systems take the opposite view, generally imposing legal representation as a condition of civil litigation. So, paradoxically, it is the relatively flexible and ... More

Keywords: legal representation, access to justice, access to court, autonomy, fair trial, legal aid, judicial role, adversarial, Star Chamber, satisfaction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199687442
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687442.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rabeea Assy, author
Assistant Professor, Law Faculty, University of Haifa