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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New Regional Justice Reform Council to be established in Kharkiv

The EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” continues to promote its initiative on establishing the regional justice reform councils. Aimed to support the Government of Ukraine with implementation of the newly adopted Justice Sector Reform Strategy 2015-2020, this pilot initiative is now extended to Kharkiv Oblast.

On 21-22 July, Virgilijus Valancius, Team Leader of the Project, visited Kharkiv to discuss prospects for launching the regional justice sector reform council. Dr. Valancius held working meetings with Vyacheslav Abbakumov, Deputy Head of Kharkiv Oblast State Administration, Antonina Koltunova, Head of the Kharkiv Oblast Court of Appeal, Volodymyr Ostapenko, Head of the State Judicial Administration in Kharkiv Oblast, Yuri Danilchenko, Prosecutor of Kharkiv Oblast, Vasyl Tatsiy, Rector of the Yaroslav Mudry National Law University, Yevhen Zakharov, Executive Director of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, as well as the representatives of the professional associations of lawyers.

“Initially an establishment of the regional justice reform councils was intended as a pilot initiative limited to three regions only. The start of the initiative in Odesa and Lviv have demonstrated an importance of the platform enabling judges, prosecutors and lawyers to discuss problem issues. This is why our next step will be to support creation of the justice reform clusters in Odesa, Lviv and Kharkiv to extend this work to the neighboring regions,” – said Virgilijus Valancius.  He noted that all local stakeholders strongly supported setting up the Kharkiv Oblast Justice Sector Reform Council. Kharkiv Oblast State Administration also expressed interest in cooperation in the area of free legal aid provision.

The initiative to establish regional justice reform councils has been launched in April 2015 with a purpose to assist Ukrainian partners to improve 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. The first meetings of the regional councils already took place in Odesa and Lviv.

Training “Development of external relations of regional advocates’ self-government bodies with the mass media and civil society organizations”

Date: 18 July 2015

Place: Park Hotel Chernihiv (103-a, Shevchenka Street, Chernihiv)

Organizers:

Ukrainian National Bar Association Association of Lawyers of Ukraine

AUCO “Association of Advocates of Ukraine”

NGO “For Protection of Human Rights”

Regional Press Development Institute

EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”

The training is aimed to develop the skills for cooperation among local advocates, journalists and members of civil society organizations in Chernihiv Oblast for implementation of the Declaration on the protection of human rights in criminal cases and work out efficient system to protect professional rights of advocates and the rights of their clients.

First joint training for advocates cooperation with civil society and media outreach held in Chernihiv

On July 18, 2015, the first outreach training “Civil Society and Media Outreach by Regional Bar Self-governance Bodies” held in Chernihiv brought together advocates, journalists and representatives of  local CSO.

The event was organized by the Ukrainian National Bar Association, the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine”, NGOs the Ukrainian Bar Association and the Association of Advocates of Ukraine, Chernihiv Regional Bar Council and the Regional Press Development Institute

This event marked the start of familiarization with the Declaration on the Protection of Human Rights in Criminal Cases for the purposes of its application in monitoring and elimination of violations of human rights and media coverage of such incidents.

During the exchange of views on the efficiency of such cooperation, the participants acknowledged that there are untapped potential opportunities to involve the civil society to eradication of violations of human rights, professional privileges and guarantees for advocates in criminal cases, realized what an important tool the Declaration could be.

Supported by the trainers, the advocates managed to master the methods of effective communication, discussed the peculiarities of the press coverage of criminal justice issues, and the strategic plan of further dialogue with judges, prosecutors and investigators.

Mark Segal, Key Expert of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine”, mentioned that such method of outreach would be instrumental for eradication of violations of human rights in criminal cases, which required consolidated efforts of the bar, media and civil society.

On September-October 2015, the outreach trainings will be held in all regions of Ukraine. The organizers invite all interested advocates, journalists and civil society activists to submit proposals and suggestions, to share ideas and precedents of violations of human rights in criminal proceedings, and to participate in preparation of these trainings.

 

French judges shared experience with their Ukrainian colleagues

On 6-10 July, 2015, the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” organized a study visit to France for the representatives of the High Council of Justice of Ukraine, Council of Judges of Ukraine, the National School of Judges and the National Prosecution Academy of Ukraine with a purpose of learning European practices on training and appraisal of judges.

During the visit, the meetings were held with the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, the Ministry of Justice of France, High Council of the Magistrature, Office of Inspector General for Judicial Services, Paris Court of Appeal and Court of Cassation.

Ukrainian delegation had an opportunity to learn about competences of the judicial services in France, procedures of performance appraisal and training methods for judges.

French judges shared experience with their Ukrainian colleagues

On 6-10 July, 2015, the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” organized a study visit to France for the representatives of the High Council of Justice of Ukraine, Council of Judges of Ukraine, the National School of Judges and the National Prosecution Academy of Ukraine with a purpose of learning European practices on training and appraisal of judges.

During the visit, the meetings were held with the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, the Ministry of Justice of France, High Council of the Magistrature, Office of Inspector General for Judicial Services, Paris Court of Appeal and Court of Cassation. Ukrainian delegation had an opportunity to learn about competences of the judicial services in France, procedures of performance appraisal and training methods for judges.