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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 continues cooperation with the National School of Judges of Ukraine

On 26 February, Virgilijus Valancius, Team Leader, EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, and Yulia Zemlytska, the Project’s National Expert, held a working meeting with Mykola Onishchuk, Rector of the National School of Judges of Ukraine (NSJU), and Natalia Shuklina, Head of the Studies, NSJU.

With adoption of the new Law of Ukraine “On fair trial”, the NSJU is now facing new tasks and challenges that require support from the European experts. The EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” and the NSJU has agreed upon the cooperation plan in April-September 2015. The plan includes the following activities:

  • engagement of the EU experts to conduct training courses for the judges of the Supreme Court of Ukraine;
  • EU experts’ support in designing tests for and questioning of the judges on the issues related to the  new law On fair trial;
  • support in designing and improving the training methods for the NSJU trainers.         

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EU project contributes to establishing new probation system in Ukraine

On 26 February, the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” co-organized the round table “Probation in Ukraine: next steps” in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice and the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine.


The main objective of the event – constituent institutional discussion on the interaction when performing the tasks of probation stipulated by the Law of Ukraine “On Probation”, which was approved by the Verkhovna Rada and signed by the President of Ukraine this month.  Representatives of the Parliamentary Commissioner on Human Rights, the Prosecutor’s General Office, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the High Specialized Court in Criminal and Civil Cases, the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Social Policy, the Ministry of Finance and the EU experts took part in the discussion.

The participants of the event discussed organisation of institutional interaction when performing the tasks of probation; introducing amendments to the legislation due to the adoption of the Law of Ukraine “On Probation”; introducing the pretrial report to criminal proceedings; application of probation programs; promotion of probation to the general public.

Ukraine moves closer to the European model of probation. The ultimate goal is to make Ukraine safer place for its citizens,” – said David Perry, the expert in the field of probation, EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”.

He identified the main tasks in the process of the implementation of the new law on probation: establishing reparations practices by sentencing offenders to community works; launching rehabilitation programs to help changing behavior of the offenders; supervision of those who represent high risk for society after release on a parole; retraining of the State Penitentiary Service staff.  

I think Ukraine has a good plan which covers all the topics to build strong institutions that will build new probation system, – noted David Perry.

“The new Law of UkraineOn Probation” – is one of the most efficient documents that will enable to enhance functions of probation and bring it closer to the European standards, – stressed Oleh Yanchuk, Head of the Criminal Enforcement Unit of the State Penitentiary System of Ukraine. According to him, the new system should become operable in September 2015 when the new law comes into force.


The result of the round table was a decision to establish the intersectoral task force on implementation of the Law of Ukraine “On probation”. The experts of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” will be involved in the task force activities as well.

Round Table “Probation in Ukraine: next steps”

Date: 26 February 2015
Place: Ministry of Justice of Ukraine


  • State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine
  • Ministry of Justice of Ukraine
  • EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”

EU experts assist with development of new probation system in Ukraine

After adoption of the law of Ukraine “On probation” on 05 February 2015, development of the new probation system has become one of the priorities to be included in the wider Justice Sector Reform Strategy in 2015-2020.

The expert David Perry has joined the team of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” to provide strategic advice to the Ukrainian policy-makers on development of appropriate probation system model. Mr. Perry is an independent consultant advising jurisdictions on the development of probation services in Eastern Europe, including Turkey, Croatia, Romania and Azerbaijan. Until 2005, he was Deputy Director General of the National Probation Service for England and Wales, the culmination of a career spanning over 30 years in probation.


On 17 February David Perry along with the experts of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” Michel Gerber and Iryna Zharonkina had a work meeting with the officials of the Ministry of Justice and the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine. The both sides discussed main directions of expert support to the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine. Specifically, development of prospective vision of probation service in Ukraine; defining a set of personal and professional skills in order to form qualification requirements and further, develop training programs for staff; finding out the mechanism of preparation and implementation pretrial report; development mechanism of preparation probation programs. David Perry stressed on a necessity to design the Concept for development and implementation of the probation in Ukraine from the point of its positive impact on a civil security.


On 19 February the experts met with the representatives of the Civil SecurityDepartment, the Main Investigation Department and the Department of CriminalPolice for Children of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. The representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs informed the European experts about peculiarities of probation system for the non-adults.

David Perry’s mission in Ukraine will continue till the end of March 2015. (more…)

Ukrainian prosecutors learn from their peers in the EU member states

On 17-18 February, the round table “Modernization of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Line with the European Standards” is being held in Kyiv. (more…)