23 November 2017

Challenges, achievements and prospects of the Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine to be discussed by legal professionals and experts

What are the main achievements in the process of Justice Sector Reforms? How the EU is supporting the full reset of Ukrainian judiciary system? These issues will be discussed on 23 November at the conference that will host top representatives of the Ukrainian judiciary and justice system, as well as the experts from the EU Member States. The conference will provide more practical impact and…
08 November 2017

Round table “Competition in the Intellectual Property High Court”

The Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA) in a partnership with the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” and the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine (HQCJ) will hold a round table to discuss the issues of selection of the candidates for vacant positions of judges in the Intellectual Property High Court. The participants will include representatives of HQCJ, the…
31 October 2017

The International Conference “Private Enforcement Officers’ Self-Governance: European Practices to Set Up Ukrainian System”

The Ministry of Justice of Ukraine together with the USAID New Justice Program, OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine, the European Union Project “Support to Justice Reform in Ukraine”, the Commercial Law Center, the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation (IRZ), and the International Development Law Organization will hold the international conference “Private Enforcement…
31 July 2017

Roundtables on the Enforcement System Reform and Private Enforcement Officers Activities will be Held in Odesa and Kharkiv

The European Union project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, together with the Ukrainian Bar Association and the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine invite to take part in the round tables devoted to the discussion of the enforcement system reform issues for the enforcement of judgments and PEOs activities. Within the framework of the event, the following two blocks will be…
05 July 2017

First PEOs will receive their licences on the 7th of July

This Friday, July 7, the solemn awarding with the licences of private enforcement officers will take place for those who have successfully passed the qualification exam. Beginning at 10 a.m. at: Kiyv, 73, Sichovyh Striltsiv St, second floor, “marble hall” More…
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Experts: depoliticisation should become the main task for the judiciary system reform (in Russian)

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Key representatives of justice sector discussed the judiciary reform strategy

EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine” experts took part in the conference “Judiciary Reform Strategy: Tasks for the New Parliament”, held on November 26 in Kyiv, together with the most prominent lawyers and experts in the justice sector.

The objective of the conference was to discuss the key challenges to implementation of the right to fair trial in Ukraine, justice reform strategy and to develop recommendations for political parties – members of the parliamentary coalition – on further changes in judiciary and in criminal justice in the context of implementation of the EU – Ukraine Association Agreement.

The event was organized by the Center for Political and Legal Reform and by the NGO “Reanimation Package of Reforms” with the assistance of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, OPDAT Program of the US Department of Justice and of the MATRA Program of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

 

 

Virgiljius Valancius, Team Leader of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine”, underlined the key objectives for judicial reform in his speech at the conference. In his opinion, judicial reform should be carried out together with the reform of prosecution and advocacy, judicial investigation and enforcement service. “Comprehensive system should cover not only issues related to the judiciary and judges, but also criminal justice, access to and transparency for justice, enhanced access to information etc. These issues cannot be left aside of Justice System Reform “– said Virgilijus Valancius. He also added that development of the Judiciary Reform Strategy 2015-2020 was underway.

Loїc Gerin, Key Expert of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine”, also spoke at the conference about the role of public prosecutor’s office in Ukraine. According to him, the prosecution reform together with the judicial reform are the main issues for the society. “Once functions of the prosecution service reduced and its organization modified in order to improve impartiality, transparency, accountability, independence of prosecutors, the requirements of the International community criteria seems to be met”.

Information about the conference at the official website of the High Council of Justice of Ukraine

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EU Project helps raising awareness on issues of uniformity of judicial practice

On 20-21 November, the Round Table “Uniformity of case law: European experience, practical aspects” was held with a purpose of discussing the mechanism of consistency of judicial practice and preliminary reference procedure in Ukraine. 

Co-organized by the Supreme Court of Ukraine, Kyiv National University named after Taras Shevchenko, the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” and the OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine, the event aimed at bringing together judges, scholars, and members of the Parliament, Ministry of Justice and international organizations.

On the first day members of judiciary and judicial policy-makers met to learn about best European practices related to increasing uniformity of case law. Presentations were made by representatives of the Supreme courts of France, Lithuania, Moldova, as well as the European Union Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. The second day was dedicated to general discussions of the case law uniformity issue among academics.

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“Ukraine has chosen the course on European integration and this is why it is important to develop effective laws,” – said Yaroslav Romanyuk, President of the Supreme Court of Ukraine. In his words, the Ukrainian judiciary requires effective mechanism for avoiding judicial errors and uniformity of the case law is important in this regard. “We need to learn more from existing European practices to improve our judicial system,” – Mr. Romanyuk stressed.

“Uniformity of the case law is a guarantee of human rights and freedoms,” – said Natalya Agafonova, MP and Secretary of the Parliamentary Committee on Legal Policy. In her opinion, unpredictability of legal judgment is one of the main problems in Ukraine. “If we do not implement new mechanisms based on the European practices, we will not be able to move forward”.

“The development of the uniformity of court practice is a real challenge for Ukraine where the Supreme Court, differently to European approach, has almost no say. It, however, directly affects public confidence in the judiciary,” – said Virgilijus Valancius, Team Leader of the EU-Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine, – “The best European practices, including preliminary reference procedure could be introduced in the process of reform of the Ukrainian legal system”.

 

 

Round table “Uniformity of case law: European experience, practical aspects”

Date: 21-22 November 2014

Place:  Supreme Court of Ukraine; Taras Shevchenka National University of Kyiv

Organizers:

  • Supreme Court of Ukraine
  • EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”
  • OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine under the Project “Safeguarding Human Rights through Courts” funded by the Government of Canada
  • Taras Shevchenka National University of Kyiv

 

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EU Expert presented comments for program documents on reforming the law enforcement sector of Ukraine

Michel Gerber, Key Expert on a police reform, the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, prepared observartions on the draft document “Law Enforcement Agencies Development Strategy” approved at the session of the Cabinet of Ministers on 22 October 2014.

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The comments are available here.