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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 and the Ministry of Justice discuss the implementation of probation period in Ukraine


On September 30, 2015 the EU Project “Support to the Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine” jointly with the Ministry of Justice and the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine organized the roundtable «Enshrining the probation institute in the national laws». The event focused on discussing the ways to properly implement the Law of Ukraine “On Probation” and certain matters of pre-trial probation.  

The roundtable brought together the representatives of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, the Office of Prosecutor General of Ukraine, the High Specialized Civil and Criminal Court of Ukraine, the National School of Judges of Ukraine, the Criminal Probation Inspection of the State Penitentiary System of Ukraine and AGRITeam Canada.


Natalia Kozlovska, Director of Governmental Liaison and Information Analytics Department of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine expressed her appreciation to the EU Project “Support to the Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine” for active support to the probation system model development. She emphasized the need to develop the implementation mechanisms for the new Law of Ukraine “On Probation”.  These are, in particular, pre-trial probation and pre-trial report preparation matters.

Participants discussed the proposals on improving the draft Law of Ukraine “On Amending Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine with regard to Enforcement of Criminal Punishments and Exercise of the Convicts’ Rights”, as well as gravity category determination for the crimes subject to pre-trial probation in form of preparing the pre-trial report upon the court’s request.


“The key aim of the probation service is to prevent future offenses. In the context of probation the EU countries focus on the three key aspects – social debt repayment by offenders, reintegration or resocialization of the offenders and protection of citizens against repetition of crime», said David Perry, probation expert of the  EU Project “Support to the Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine”. As an example he cited the English experience, where the probation system reform reduced reconvictions from 55 to 49%. This 6% decrease is still as much as 1,000,000 cases a year.

Based on the roundtable, the recommendations on amending the draft Law of Ukraine No. 2490а to the extent of the probation institute implementation will be transferred to the Parliamentary Committee on the Legal Support of Law Enforcement.

The High Specialized Court and the National School of Judges being interested in cooperation for the implementation of the probation system

The EU funded Project “Support to Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine” continues its cooperation with Ukrainian stakeholders for implementation of the probation system.

During the last week, David Perry, the International Expert of the Project on probation and Iryna Zharonkina, the National Expert of the Project, had meetings with the administrations of the High Specialized Court of Ukraine and the National Scholl of Judges of Ukraine.

On September 21, the meeting with the Deputy Head of the HSCU Stanislav Kravchenko was held, the latter informed the Project Experts about the powers of the cassation court, the court’s scientific activity, the HSC judges’ activity in the High Council of Justice, the Council of Judges of Ukraine and the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine, organization of international cooperation and measures undertaken by the court to improve access to justice for the citizens. According to Stanislav Kravchenko, if the newly adopted Law “On probation” is implemented in practice, the courts will have the overall characteristics on a person being brought to criminal liability.

On September 23, during the meeting with the Pro-rector of the National School of Judges of Ukraine Nataliya Shuklina, implementation of probation issues to the curricula was discussed. It was stated the series of novelties, including drafting by the probation body of the pre-trial report on the accused that will be submitted to the court with the purpose of making a court decision on the liability and respectively punishment and application of probation. The representatives of the EU Project and the NSJU agreed on the joint development of the booklet on application of probation in criminal justice and of the curriculum for judges on the aforementioned topic.

Pursuant to the adoption of the Law of Ukraine “On Probation” on February 5, 2015, creation of the new probation system became a priority in the framework of the wider Justice Sector Reform Strategy 2015‑2020. The EU funded Project “Support to Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine” provides Ukrainian partners with strategic advice on development of the proper probation system model.

Information at the official websites of the Higher Specialized Court of Ukraine and the National School of Judges of Ukraine

EU Commissioner Vera Jourová on official visit to Ukraine


Commissioner Vera Jourová, who is in charge of justice, consumers and gender equality, will visit Kyiv on 24-25 September. The aim of the visit is to support the on-going judicial reform process and the fight against corruption, as mentioned by President Juncker in the State of the Union Speech.

It is the first visit of a Justice Commissioner to Ukraine. Ahead of her visit, Commissioner Jourová stated: “Ukraine has launched important reforms in the judicial area over the last months. Now they have to be trans lated into concrete actions on the ground. I look forward to meeting Ukrainian officials but also stakeholders involved in the implementation of the reforms to prepare future initiatives to further support Ukraine in improving fight against corruption and organised crime”.

During her trip, Commissioner Jourová will meet political leaders including President Poroshenko, Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and Minister of Justice Petrenko, different stakeholders of the justice system, such as representatives of the Prosecutor General Office, and representatives of the Verkhovna Rada.

Commissioner Jourová will also discuss the justice reform with experts of the EU funded project “Support to Justice Sector Reform in Ukraine”, which assists Ukraine in development and implementation of a comprehensive justice sector reform strategy in line with the best EU practices.

Trainings for advocates, civil society activists and journalists to be held in 18 regions of Ukraine


The EU Project “Support to Justice Reform in Ukraine”, for the purpose of information outreach, monitoring and elimination of violations of human rights, as well as the advocates’ rights and guarantees, in criminal cases, continues the series of regional trainings “Public Relations Development of Advocates and Regional Bar Self-governance Bodies with Mass-media and NGOs”. The trainings will be held in 18 cities of Ukraine in the framework of Component IV “Access to Justice of the Project

Local advocates, representatives of regional bar self-governance bodies, representatives of human rights NGOs and journalists are invited to participate in the training.

Participants to the trainings will develop the ability to cooperate for practical implementation of the Advocates’ Declaration on the Protection of Human Rights in Criminal Cases (elaborated and officially presented by the advocate’s community on June 24, 2015, in Kyiv) and building of the efficient system of fight against violations of the advocates’ professional rights and rights of their clients.

You can see the training calendar below (for some of the locations certain dates are to be confirmed)




1 Vinnytsia





“Intershik” Gallery

12 -а, Artynova str.


2 Chernivtsi




“Cheremosh” hotel

13-а, Komarova str.

3 Ivano-Frankivsk




“Nadiia” hotel

40, Nezalezhnosti str.

4 Lviv




“Dnister” hotel

6, Mateika str.,

5 Uzhhorod




“Druzhba” hotel

12, Vysoka str.  

6 Mukachevo




“Inturist” hotel

93, Dukhnovycha str.

7 Khmelnytskyi




“Yanisol” hotel

40а, Svobody

8 Ternopil




“Ternopil” hotel

  1. Zamkova str.

9 Rivne




“Manhattan” centre, 11 floor

Manhattan Hall

112 Soborna str.

10 Cherkassy




“Apelsin” hotel

145, Frunze str.

11 Zaporizhia




“Teatralnyi” hotel

23, Chekistiv str.

12 Dnipropetrovsk




13 Odesa




“California” hotel

27, Yevreiska str.

14 Mykolaiiv




“Oleksadrivskyi” press-centre

25 Nykolska str.

15 Kharkiv


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16 Poltava




17 Sumy


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18 Zhytomyr


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NABU detectives to be trained by EU Project experts


The experts on the fight against corruption of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” are providing trainings to 70 detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine.

From September 19 to September 30, Mika Aalto, the Project’s Key Expert on the fight against corruption, will train the NABU staff on the following topics:

– Appointment procedure for forensic examination of documents and computers

– Strategic, tactical and operational planning 


The detectives will be trained how to cooperate with other institutions in the course of investigation of the corruption crimes, as well as how to prepare a case for consideration by the court and how to clarify sufficiency of facts to prove a crime.

NABU detectives are expected to start performing their duties from October 2015.

Establishment of training programmes and adoption of ethical codes on anticorruption are among the conditions in Visa Liberalisation process between the EU and Ukraine.