Emerging Europe Talks Success and Failure – Lawyering up with LegalAid’s Sona Salimli Alasgarova

The Covid-19 pandemic made it more difficult to seek justice in courts globally. According to the World Justice Project, 67 per cent of countries covered by the its Rule of Law Index experienced declines in indicators that evaluate equal treatment and absence of discrimination.  

At the same time as many as 94 per cent of countries in the index registered increased delays in administrative, civil, or criminal proceedings. In nearly two-thirds of countries, civil justice systems saw increased delays. 

LegalAid is the first legal tech company in Azerbaijan. Coinciding with the Covid-19 pandemic, the law firm, together with the Bar Association of Azerbaijan, created a mobile application making it easier for citizens to communicate with the country’s attorneys. 

Sona Salimli Alasgarova, the founder and managing director at LegalAid, speaks with Andrew Wrobel about disrupting the Azerbaijani legal sector, serving those who need legal advice, and setting up a new law firm in her mid-twenties.  

She also talks about how she wants to help other female entrepreneurs in Azerbaijan start their own businesses.  

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