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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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Ministry of Justice strengthens its capacities to coordinate justice sector reforms

The recent approval of the Justice Sector Reform Strategy and Action Plan by the Justice Reform Council under the President of Ukraine requires increasing of the role of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine (MOJ) in the process of implementation of the reform.

EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” continues to assist MoJ with strengthening its institutional capacities. On 25 May, Gintaras Svedas, the visiting expert of the EU Project, arrived in Kyiv with the mission aimed to strengthen the MoJ role in the administration of justice as well as in developing and coordinating policies for the justice sectore reforms.


During his five-day visit, Gintaras Svedas is meeting with the leadership of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine and its departments. His main tasks include screening the role of MoJ in its key competences; strengthening strategic planning, analytical and research capabilities at MoJ; improving the role of the MoJ at the operational level of the justice sector reform coordination mechanism.


Ukrainian Advocates to Establish New System for Professional Liability Insurance 

The EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” continues to provide strategic advice to Ukrainian advocates on establishing professional liability insurance through analysis of the best practices of the EU member-states.

On 18 May, the EU Project, in collaboration with the Ukrainian National Bar Association, League of Insurance Organizations of Ukraine organized a Roundtable “Lawyer’s professional liability insurance: opportunities for implementation in Ukraine”.

Participants included representatives of the NGO “Association of Advocates of Ukraine”, NGO “Ukrainian Bar Association”, the League of Insurance Organizations of Ukraine, and lawyers who have had experience with liability insurance abroad or are ready to get involved in amending Ukrainian legislation in order to regulate this issue.

Valentyn Gvozdiy, Deputy Head of the Ukrainian National Bar Association, expressed gratitude to the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” for its assistance, and stressed the importance of introducing such an insurance model in order to protect the citizens of Ukraine from any deficiency in legal services.

Mark Segal, Key Expert of the EU ProjectSupport to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine, noted that lawyers’ professional liability insurance should be available and provided, alongside other types of insurance available on the Ukrainian market.

Olexander Filonyuk, President of the League of Insurance Organizations of Ukraine, stressed that expanding the insurance market is very important for Ukraine. In his words, adopting best European practices requires introduction of professional liability insurance for lawyers.

Rytis Jokubauskas, Expert of the EU ProjectSupport to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine, made recommendations and presented a draft professional liability insurance model for Ukraine, in which he explained the rationale for this product for the insurance market, based on the positive experience of the EU member-states.

EU Project supports capacity strengthening of key Ukrainian judicial institutions

The EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” in cooperation with the National Courts Administration of Lithuania has organized a study visit to Lithuania for members of the Council of Judges of Ukraine (CoJ) and the High Qualifications Commission of Judges of Ukraine (HQC).

The study visit is taking place on 18-24 May. Its main objective is to strengthen capacities of CoJ and HQC in the light of the implementation of recently adopted Ukrainian Judiciary Development Strategy and Ukrainian Justice Sector Reform Strategy 2015-2020.

The agenda of the study visit envisages meetings at the Supreme Court, the Constitutional Court, the Court of Appeal and the National Court Administration of Lithuania.  Lithuanian colleagues will be sharing their experience on the issues of development of the consistency of the case law, evaluation of judges, performance management, judicial ethics.

The delegation will also meet with the members of the Committee on Legal Affairs of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania and visit Law Faculty of Vilnius University to learn about the way judiciary in Lithuania cooperates with academics and participate in legislative drafting process.


EU Project launches the newsletter

EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” is launching the newsletter which will be released once every two months in electronic version. In addition to already existing media channels, this newsletter will be useful to inform readers in details about various aspects of the EU Project work. First issue of the newsletter is already available at the EU Project’s official website.