EU Project Experts Assist Ukrainian Advocates in Applying Best Advocacy Standards
The First International Forum “Development Paths of Ukrainian Advocacy in the European Community” was held in Kyiv on 5 July. EU-funded Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” supported initiative of the Kyiv Bar Council in its aspiration for strengthening the role of Ukrainian advocates in promoting reforms and sharing European practices to apply best standards for the Ukrainian advocacy.
The Forum brought together the advocates from all regions of Ukraine as well as the European experts. The participants discussed organization of advocacy activities in Europe, reform of the criminal justice in Ukraine, as well as issues on protection of professional rights and ensuring of guarantees for advocacy. The key experts of “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” Project described the role of the advocacy in the European Union. In particular, they highlighted the issues on the role of advocacy in the system of protection of human rights and democracy, relations between judges and lawyers, as well as certain aspects of professional cooperation between lawyers, judges and prosecutors in Germany. The guest speakers Mr. Rytis Jokubauskas from the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) and Mr. Jean-Louis Magnier, member of the French National Council of the Bars, focused on organization of advocacy in European countries, international standards for advocacy, as well as peculiarities of advocacy practices in France.
“Ukrainian advocates must engage in advocacy for their profession,” – says Mr. Mark Segal, Key Expert, “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” Project. He stressed upon necessity to strengthen the advocacy role to improve the democratic system for protection of human rights. “One of the best ways is to cooperate with international institutions and work with technical assistance projects. This is why our project offers many avenues for support and cooperation”.
The ongoing EU-funded project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” aims to support consolidated justice sector-wide reforms in Ukraine. The project directly involves EU Member states and will continue for 38 months.
The project brings together all sector stakeholders in order to assist them with the development of the joint sector-wide reform strategy. The strategy will be implemented through sector coordination and will include implementation provisions backed by a multi-year financial commitment from the Ukrainian Government.
The Project is implemented by a Consortium led by Justice Coopération Internationale (JCI), the French mandated body of the Ministry of Justice, in cooperation with CIVIPOL (mandated body of the French Ministry of Interior), ADETEF (mandated body of the French Ministry of Finance), the Ministry of Justice of Poland, the Ministry of Justice of Lithuania, the Institute of Law of Lithuania, the German Foundation on International Legal Cooperation (IRZ), the mandated body of the German Federal Ministry of Justice, and the Centre for Legal and Political Studies, a Ukrainian Non-Governmental Organisation, as associate to the action.
“Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”