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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 Ministry of Justice initiated discussion of judiciary enforcement reform


On 27 April, III Session of the Kharkiv Regional Justice Council was held at the Yaroslav Mudry National Law University. The event was initiated by the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” and the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine with a purpose to discuss the judiciary enforcement reform.

Representatives of the regional justice institutions, lawyers, judges and legal experts took part in the session. Kostyantyn Silkin, First Deputy Director of the State Judicial Enforcement Service Department of the Ministry of Justice, presented key benchmarks for the judicial enforcement system reform. “We expect to establish a new system of judicial enforcement which will contribute to improvement of the position of Ukraine in the Doing Business ranking. The Ministry of Justice is supporting this reform implemented with assistance of our European partners. Now it is important to adopt a legal base that will open access to a private enforcement officer’s profession and control of private enforcement agencies’ work,” – noted Kostyantyn Silkin.

Dovydas Vitkauskas, Key Expert of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, presented best practices of reforming the judicial enforcement system in the EU Member States. “This discussion is very important to the Ukrainian judicial system. It should be clear to all justice sector institutions that the justice has no sense without efficient approach to the judiciary enforcement, – he notes.

The participants also discussed relevant issues in the context of the State Judicial Enforcement Service reform, access to a private enforcement officer’s profession and a role of judges.

Next discussions of the judicial enforcement reform in the Regional Justice Council will take place in Lviv and Odesa.

On 08 October 2015, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved the enforcement package draft laws in the first reading. To date, the draft laws are approved by the relevant parliamentary committee for the second reading and should be included in the agenda of one of the upcoming sessions.

The EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” is taking an active part in the process of judicial enforcement system reform. Specifically, the Project’s experts support Ukrainian counterparts with establishing the new institute of private enforcement agents.

III Regional Justice Council Session in Kharkiv

Location: Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University (77, Pushkinska Str., Kharkiv)

Date/Time: 27 April, 2016 / 10:00 – 13:00

Organizers: EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”, Judicial Reform Council under the President of Ukraine in a partnership with the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University of Kharkiv

Objective: Discussion of the judicial enforcement reform in Ukraine

Judges and lawyers discuss disciplinary liability

On 25 April, the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” and the Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA), in cooperation with the High Council of Justice and High Qualifications Commission of Judges, organized the Round table “Disciplinary liability of the judges in Ukraine: problems, prospects, the European experience”.

Participants of the event have discussed a dismissal of judges after breach of oath, criteria for choice of disciplinary sanctions and role of the applicant in the disciplinary process.

Speaking at the opening session of the event, Denys Bugay, the UBA President, noted that the purpose of efforts aimed to increase efficiency of disciplinary liabilities of judges is a guarantee of the independence of judiciary and imminence of penalty in the case of violations.

Arturas Driukas, EU Project expert and the judge of the Court of Appeal of Lithuania, presented the European experience and prospects for Ukraine in the process of implementation of the disciplinary procedures. In his words: “Each legal system requires disciplinary liability for judges. Such regulation is instrumental for setting up behavior standards for representatives of the judiciary. At the same time, a society should understand that disciplinary sanctions should not violate an independence of the judiciary”.

The next discussion of the disciplinary liability of judges is scheduled for 28 April in Lviv. This event is part of the series of activities organized within the frame of EU Project and UBA joint long-term initiative “Efficiency of judiciary disciplinary bodies”.


Optimization of staff is among key priorities the Ukrainian judicial institutions reform


The expert mission composed of Reda MolieneSalvija Kavalne and Živilė Navickaitė-Babkin continues under the aegis of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine”. The goal of this mission, which started  is to develop unified recommendations for improvement of work of the courts’ staff at the courts of cassation.

First part of the mission took place on 30 March – 04 April, 2016. In the course of those days the EU Project expert Salvija Kavalne examined the structural units of the High Specialized Court of Ukraine for Civil and Criminal Cases and processed regulatory documents.

The EU experts have examined the staff structure and functions of the High Commercial Court of Ukraine and High Administrative Court of Ukraine. Based on these activities, findings and recommendation will be presented.


Ukrainian counterparts have also identified needs for development of information dissemination tools, improvement of media relations and internal communications among the judicial institutions. The EU Project experts will provide relevant recommendations to the communication departments of the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine, High Council of Justice of Ukraine, the Council of Judges of Ukraine and State Judicial Administration.

Discussion of new law on the bar continues

The EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” and the Ukrainian Bar Association  (UBA) continue a series of roundtables to carry out analysis and opinion exchange on the amendments of the Law of Ukraine “On the Bar and the Practice of Law”. On 14-15 April, the events have taken place in Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk.

The participants to the round tables could share their opinion regarding the key provisions in the draft law: professional rights and guarantees of advocates, entrance and access to the legal profession, exclusive rights of advocates for representation in courts, approach to the self-governance of the bar, as well as changes in disciplinary liability of advocates.

The experts of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” Rytis Jokubauskas and Oksana Tsymbrivska have spoken about legal regulations and self-governance of the bar in the EU Member States.

More details at the UBA official website