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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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General Prosecutor’s Office and EU experts discussed priorities for Reform’s Department

On June 27-28, 2015 the European Union Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” and the Council of Europe Project “Support to the Criminal Justice Reform in Ukraine” in cooperation with the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine co-organised the Retreat for the Department for the Reforms and Performance Quality Assurance of the General Prosecutor’s Office: Priorities for Action. The event was aimed at assisting the newly established Department to acquire clear vision and understanding of the directions for developing the reforms strategic planning in line with the European standards, new Law on Public Prosecutor’s Office, and implementation of the Justice Sector Reforms Strategy 2015-2020. 

In his address to the participants of the event, David Sakvarelidze, Deputy General Prosecutor of Ukraine, emphasized the importance of the newly established Department of the GPO, taking into the account the current low level of trust to the prosecution system and high social expectations for the future reform. He also thanked the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” for supporting the General Prosecutor’s Office on its complex way of reforming.

Loїc Guerin, the Key Expert on Prosecution Reform of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, presented to the audience the detailed information about commitments of Ukraine to EU in the framework of the EU political and legal systems, explaining the importance of the Public Prosecutor’s Office reform for the successful integration of Ukraine to the European community.

The Reforms Agenda for the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine was presented by David Sakvarelidze on March 29, 2015. The agenda includes establishment of the Department for the Reforms and Performance Quality Assurance with main function to effectively assure quality of planning and operations in course of the reforms implementation and coordination. It will play a key role in performing analytical work and defining general priorities for the prosecutorial policies, developing Guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures for prosecutors.

The Department started operating on June 08, 2015. Up to now, 8 young and skilled staff members have already been employed through an open multistep competition procedure. They will deal with human resources, PR, business analysis, and other issues.

The EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” co-operates with the new Department on a daily basis providing expertise to support the reforms process, e.g., the local prosecutors’ offices formation.

Round table: “Conflicts of interest in judicial work: definitions, types and solutions”

Date: 25 June, 2015

Place: Congress Hotel “Puscha” Supreme Court of Ukraine (20, Mykoly Yunkerova Street, Kyiv)


Council of Judges of Ukraine

EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”

Objectives: According to the recently adopted Law of Ukraine “On fair trial”, Council of Judges of Ukraine has become responsible for regulation of the conflicts of interest which cannot be regulated in procedural arrangements. In the course of the round table, the representatives of the judiciary and other related institutions will discuss ways for implementation of the new law.

Ukrainian advocates mobilized for protection of human rights

On 24 June 2015, the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” joined the Ukrainian National Bar Association, the NGO Association of Advocates of Ukraine, the NGO Ukrainian Bar Association, and the NGO Protection of Human Rights to officially launch the Advocates’ Declaration on the Protection of Human Rights in Criminal Cases.  The Declaration presents the position of advocates, expressed through numerous open and participatory events held all over Ukraine during the past eighteen months, concerning how practice in the criminal justice system deviates from law. Advocates are now joining together to mobilize progressive forces to change how criminal cases are handled in practice. Under the motto “Practice According to Law, Respect the Law” advocates are working together to strengthen the protection of human rights in criminal cases and protect the working privileges of advocates. The Declaration is serving as the centerpiece of outreach and systematic oversight that strengthens the voice of advocates, both inside and outside the criminal justice system.

“I am pleased to see different bar associations around the Declaration. This is proof that change can be done from the inside to make people confident in the judicial system,”said Jan Tombinski, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine. He noted that implementation of the Advocates’ Declaration on the Protection of Human Rights in Criminal Cases should be a part of a joint commitment of advocates, judges, prosecutors and law enforcement bodies.

“Aside from the legislative norms, there are ethics and moral norms, and the rule of law. Our Declaration demonstrates what the society expects from judges and prosecutors. It is time for advocates to declare that we are not only professional defenders of interests in the courts, but also members of civil society,” said Lidia Izovitova, President of the Ukrainian National Bar Association.

The Declaration is now being used by advocates for outreach to civil society and the media, as a first step before approaching official parties, to mobilize oversight to protect human rights and enhance respect for the work of advocates, and to establish remedies for violations. It contains a concise statement of key principles which need to be enforced, according to Ukrainian law and international standards applicable in Ukraine, and in non-juridical language that everyone can understand.

“Protecting human rights is our responsibility. It is very important for advocates to help the mass media and civil society organizations to understand how legal the legal process works. This is why our colleagues in the regions will be explaining how the Declaration can be used in this regard,” – said Denys Bugay, President of NGO Ukrainian Bar Association.

“The Declaration is a contract on cooperation among advocates. This document will become a tool for enhancing the legal culture of judges, prosecutors and citizens,”- said Oleg Chernobay, President of NGO Ukrainian Advocates’ Association.

Implementation of the Declaration will enable the general public to learn about shortcomings in the criminal justice system, and mobilize in favor of criminal justice reforms, with guidance from advocates.

“The Declaration is an important tool to help advocates change existing judicial practice. Future implementation of this document is mainly the responsibility of advocates. Protecting human rights is our main goal, and this depends upon the rule of law,”- said Mark Segal, Key Expert on Access to Justice and Right to Defense of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”.

At the end of the presentation, the leaders of professional associations of advocates signed an open memorandum on consolidation of efforts to implement the Advocates’ Declaration on the Protection of Human Rights in Criminal Cases.

Official presentation of the Declaration on the protection of human rights in criminal cases

Date: 24 June, 2015

Place: Official Delegation Hall (22, Grushevskogo Street, Kyiv)


Ukrainian National Bar Association

Association of Lawyers of Ukraine

AUCO “Association of Advocates of Ukraine”

EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”

Justice sector stakeholders in Odesa Oblast held the first meeting of the Regional Justice Sector Reform Council

On June 19, 2015, the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” held its first meeting of Odesa Regional Justice Sector Reform Council that brought together key justice sector stakeholders of Odesa Oblast to discuss problem issues related to the Criminal Procedure Code, as well as other topics.

 The event was the launch for a pilot initiative establishing regional justice reform councils to assist Ukrainian partners with strengthening institutional cooperation as an important prerequisite for successful implementation of the Justice Sector Reform Strategy 2015-2020 aiming to strengthen the rule of law and protection of human rights in Ukraine.

“Coordination and mutual understanding among key justice sector stakeholders is of utmost importance for effective implementation of the reform. Ukrainian people want to see effective, transparent and non-corrupt justice sector institutions,” – said Dr. Virgilijus Valančius, Team Leader of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”.

The participants of the first meeting of the Odesa Regional Justice Sector Reform Council, which was moderated by Dr. Valančius, included leaders of the Court of Appeal of Odesa Oblast, Prosecution of Odesa Oblast, the Odesa Oblast Bar Council, as well as other representatives of the regional judiciary, state judicial administration, local municipality, and legal scholars. They discussed the issue of different interpretation of various legal norms, which they had identified as a key problem hindering effective cooperation among the justice sector institutions.

As a result of the meeting, the decision was taken on establishing a task force to work out the recommendations on solving problem issues related to the use of norms of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine on detention of an individual and imposing pre-trial restrain, as well as  on increasing quality of representation of interests of individuals in courts by advocates. The recommendations will be presented to the Judicial Reform Council under the President of Ukraine.

The next meeting of Odesa Regional Justice Sector Reform Council is scheduled for November 2015.