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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
23
May
EWMI-PROLoG Launches New Program on Modern Law Teaching Methods

On May 20-21, EWMI/PROLoG conducted a two-day workshop on modern techniques of law teaching for professors of teaching methodology courses at Ph.D. programs. In cooperation with Washburn University (USA), PROLoG launched a new project to develop a model syllabus and guidebook for law schools on Law Teaching Methodology. This course is taught as a mandatory subject at the Ph.D. level at all Georgian law schools with doctoral programs. During the workshop, Washburn Professor Rory Bahadur and two local experts, Tamar Tomashvili and Ketevan Iremashvili, conducted sessions on the importance of multimodal presentation, techniques of modern teaching, and shared with the Georgian professors model exercises that encourage active learning and interaction with the class. A second workshop will be organized in July, and will focus on class assessment and exam designing tools.

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2017
23
May
EWMI/PROLoG Supports Development of a Company Law Course for Judges

EWMI/PROLoG, in cooperation with the High School of Justice and the German International Development Agency, organized a training of trainers workshop on May 20-21 for a group of Georgian judges on Corporate Law and Governance in Georgia and the EU.  The training included presentations, case studies, discussions, and exercises that guided judges on how to implement the most complex concepts of the Company Law and corporate governance.  According to 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 project 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 should enhance corporate governance, attract more investment, and foster economic efficiency. After the adoption of the new Company Law, Georgian courts will have to deal with new concepts and interpret and apply the law in accordance with the EU directives. 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
17
May
Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary Pushes for the Next Wave of Judicial Reforms

On May 11, the Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary, with the support of EWMI-PROLoG, held a public forum to discuss next steps for the reform of Georgia’s judicial system. The Coalition presented a comprehensive report titled “The Judicial System: Past Reforms and Future Perspectives,” which provides an analysis of reforms carried out since 2012 and explores current institutional problems. The forum brought together representatives of the state and civil society to discuss the findings of the study. Opening speeches were made by Nino Gvenetadze, Chief Justice of the Supreme court, Eka Beselia, Head of the Parliament’s Legal Committee, Nicholas Berliner, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy, Janos Herman, the European Union Ambassador to Georgia, and Ana Natsvlishvili, Chair of the Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary.  In their presentations the Coalition representatives noted that, despite certain improvements achieved through the so-called “Three Waves” of judicial reform, the objective of making the Georgian judicial system independent and transparent has not been fulfilled. Allegations are made concerning the influence of elite groups within the court system. The independence of the judiciary is weakened by institutional problems in the areas of judicial selection and appointment, judicial probation, evaluation and promotion, number of judges and caseload, court administration and management, and judicial discipline. The report also raised the issue of gender-related stereotypes and gender-insensitivity by members of the bench. The Coalition members proposed specific recommendations to address these problematic areas. The representatives of the state institutions engaged in the discussion and expressed readiness to continue reforms. Representatives of both the Ministry of Justice and the Parliament confirmed that they are committed to carry the reforms to the next level, and said they are ready to continue a dialogue with the civil society representatives in this process.  The Coalition plans to hold additional meetings with representatives of the Parliament and the judiciary to promote the recommendations of the report.

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2017
17
May
EWMI-PROLoG Supports Training in Human Rights for Supreme Court Judge Assistants

EWMI/PROLoG supports the Supreme Court of Georgia to implement the changes brought about by the “Third Wave” of legislative reforms. One such change is the obligation of the Supreme Court to review lower court decisions based on their compliance with the standards of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the practices of the European Court of Human Rights. To assist the Supreme Court in fulfilling this obligation, in partnership with the EU4Justice Judiciary Support project and the High School of Justice, PROLoG is providing a series of human rights trainings to the Supreme Court’s judge assistants, analytical department and Human Rights Center. These trainings are similar to those PROLoG previously provided to the Tbilisi City Court judicial assistants.

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