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High Council of Justice of Georgia

High Council of Justice of Georgia

High School of Justice of Georgia

High School of Justice of Georgia

Disciplinary Committee of Judges of Common Courts of Georgia

Disciplinary Committee of Judges of Common Courts of Georgia

Georgian Bar Association

Georgian Bar Association

Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary

Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary

National Center for Commercial Law

National Center for Commercial Law

National Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution

National Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution

Arbitration Initiative Georgia

Arbitration Initiative Georgia
2017
28
Jun
EWMI/PROLoG Supports Second Workshop to Develop Company Law Course for Judges

EWMI/PROLoG, in cooperation with the High School of Justice and the German International Development Agency (GIZ), organized a second Training of Trainers workshop for selected Georgian judges on Corporate Law and Governance in Georgia and the EU.  Like the previous workshop in May, the June 10-11training included presentations, case studies, discussions, and exercises that guided the “judge trainers” on the most important company law concepts, such as fiduciary duties, the business judgement rule, and the duty of care of directors. 

Under the EU-Georgia Association Agreement, within the next three to five years Georgia must implement several EU company law directives. In 2016, the Georgian Government started the implementation process and with donor support, including from PROLoG, developed a draft Company Law that is expected to be adopted this year. The new Company Law will introduce modern legal features into the Georgian legislation governing companies, which will enhance corporate governance, attract more investment, and foster economic efficiency. After the adoption of the new Company Law, Georgian courts will have to apply new legal concepts and interpret the law in accordance with the EU directives. It is expected that the EU directives will continue to have a strong impact on the development of Georgian company law for many years to come and that this course will serve as a baseline for future courses for judges. The trainers trained through the EWMI/PROLoG and GIZ workshops will help prepare Georgia’s judges for these new and increased responsibilities.

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2017
26
Jun
EWMI/PROLoG Supports Georgian Team at Hugo Sinzheimer Moot Court Competition

EWMI/PROLoG supported a team of students from International Black Sea University to participate at the second Hugo Sinzheimer Moot Court Competition, held on June 15-17 at Aarhus University, Denmark. The competition is an initiative of a five academics, including a Georgian, and focuses on employment and labor law at the European level.

This year, 13 teams from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Hungary, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and a European team (composed of four students from different countries) competed against each other. The Georgian team was the only team from outside the European Union. A distinguished panel of jury members from across Europe judged the competition, including legal experts from academia, courts and private law firms. During the quarterfinals, the Georgian team competed against Polish and French teams and scored high in the oral pleadings. The teams from Poland and France continued onto the finals, but the winning team was from Finland.

The third edition of the Hugo Moot Finale will be held in Italy in June 2018, but an annual meeting of the organizing committee will be held in Tbilisi in January 2018. 

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2017
26
Jun
EWMI/PROLoG Supports Academic Writing Initiative

On June 23, Tbilisi State University (TSU) hosted a presentation of an Academic Writing Initiative.  Dr. Anna Dolidze, Parliamentary Secretary of the President of Georgia, approached EWMI/PROLoG with an initiative to develop an Academic Writing Manual for law schools that will establish academic writing and citation standards for law students and scholars engaged in academic research and writing. The manual will be based on the best practices of North American and European legal writing standards, adapted and tailored to the needs of Georgian academia.

The presentation was hosted by the Rector of Tbilisi State University, who stressed the importance of improving academic writing skills among students and engaging scholars in academic research; he reinforced TSU’s commitment to support this cause. Dr. Anna Dolidze talked about the structure of the Manual and a working process that involved several consultations with academics and scholars, as well as meetings with students.

The Manual will be finalized by September 2017, and will be widely distributed among Georgian law schools. 

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2017
21
Jun
Trainings for Judges and Assistants on Enhancing Justice through Gender Equality Completed

On June 14-19, the training of judges and judicial assistants on Enhancing Justice though Gender Equality was completed with the support of EWMI/PROLoG.

The course on Gender Equality was initially developed with the involvement of PROLoG’s U.S. expert Patricia Noonan, who worked with a team of Georgian judges-trainers to develop a comprehensive syllabus which would become a part of the High School of Justice (HSoJ) curriculum for both listeners (those applying to become judges) and the sitting judges. In late 2016, three judge trainers – Nino Bakakuri, Badri Niparishvili and Maia Bakradze – participated in a Training of Trainers facilitated by Ms. Noonan and local expert Baia Pataraia. The Training of Trainers enhanced the judge-trainers’ knowledge in case law, both international and national, and developed an updated curriculum based on the suggestions of participants from previous courses.

In June 2017, PROLoG and the HSoJ organized two trainings for the judges and judicial assistants from all over the country.

During the two-day training, up to thirty-five participants discussed gender stereotypes and discrimination, national and international standards and best practices, issues related to the judicial ethics, gender bias, domestic violence and the legal aspects of related issues.

The training was part of PROLoG’s continuous support of the HSoJ. The course is now a part of the HSoJ’s curricula for judges. Future trainings on Gender Equality will be independently conducted by the HSOJ judge-trainers in the future.

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