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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EU Project Experts and State Penitentiary Service officials agreed to enhance cooperation

On January 29, Michel Gerber, Key Expert of the Project, and Iryna Zharonkina, National Expert of the Project, held a working meeting with the representatives of the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine and discussed the axes of cooperation for probation.

Michel Gerber informed that the Project is ready to cover all the issues being part of responsibilities of the future probation service of Ukraine. “Support and development of the aforementioned activity is also included to the Justice Sector Reform Strategy, drafted by the experts of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine” in 2014”, – said Mr. Gerber.

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He suggested focusing joint efforts on fulfilment of specific tasks within the Project that would promote implementation of international standards of probation, foreseen by the international documents of the Council of Europe, into Ukrainian legislation and into practice.

The representatives of the State Penitentiary Service informed the experts about the results of preparatory work for creating organizational and legal preconditions of the probation service activity in Ukraine.

The participants to the event agreed on the areas of intervention: elaborating of a prospective view of the probation’s development in Ukraine, drafting a profile of the probation service employee, developing tools and methodologies of probation activity and of the relevant curricula for the staff.

 

Key issue for the reform — purification of the judiciary (in Ukrainian)

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EU Project contributes to strengthening independence of the Ukrainian judiciary

On 14 January, Dr. Virgilijus Valancius, Team Leader, EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, participated in the press conference dedicated to the adoption of the draft law #1516 “On Ensuring The Right To Fair Trial” along with Oleksiy Filatov, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration, and Dr. Volodymyr Butkevych, former judge of the European Court of Human Rights.

The new law was drafted by the Council on Judicial Reform under the President of Ukraine. Coordinated by Oleksiy Filatov, the Council consists of scholars, lawyers, international and local legal experts, representatives of the civil society. Mr. Filatov stressed that the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine had made a significant step with adoption of the draft law in the first reading.

This law has to provide access to justice for the citizens of Ukraine and this is just a beginning of the judiciary system reform,” – noted Oleksiy Filatov.

According to Dr. Valancius, the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” is strongly supporting development of the long-term judiciary reform strategy for Ukraine. “Adoption of the new draft law is a first step and we are sure that the judiciary reform will be implemented in compliance with the European standards. Our project will further contribute to strengthening independence of the judiciary what is utmost important for the Ukrainian citizens,” – said Virgilijus Valancius.

The Verkhovna Rada passed the draft law “On Ensuring the Right to a Fair Trial” (#1656), which received 288 affirmative votes. It envisages implementation of transparent procedures for the appointment of judges, strengthening independence of the judiciary, improved access to the courts’ decisions.

The EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” has been actively participating in the work of the Council on Judicial Reform under the President of Ukraine.