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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
19
Oct
EWMI/PROLoG Supports Third 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 third Training of Trainers workshop for selected Georgian judges on Corporate Law and Governance in Georgia and the EU. Like the previous workshops in May and June, the October 14-15 training included presentations, case studies, discussions and exercises that guided the “judge trainers” on the most important company law issues, such as formation and financial structure of companies, managers’ and shareholders’ rights and duties, European principles of capital maintenance, and the specific problems of closed corporations. The event marked the final stage of the Training of Trainer process. The next step will be for the judge-trainers to conduct three pilot trainings for their fellow judges, which will be organized by the end of this year. 

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 currently being prepared for submission to the Parliament. 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. 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
11
Oct
Free University Submits Amicus Curiae to the Constitutional Court of Georgia

In the framework of its EWMI/PROLoG grant, Free University in cooperation with the Washburn University School of Law (WUSL) are working on amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs to be submitted to the Constitutional Court of Georgia. Through this effort, students at Free University and students from WUSL work together on different legal issues and hone their research and writing skills on pending cases at the Constitutional Court.

This year, Free University identified two cases pending at the court for comparative research. One of the issues concerns a constitutional complaint challenging the constitutionality of articles in the Law on Public Procurement that create favorable conditions for the LLC “Georgian Post” with regards to postal and courier services, contrary to the constitutional principle of free enterprise and competition.

Students at WUSL researched the issue of government imposed monopolies in U.S. Constitutional Law and court practice, while Georgian students supervised by a clinical professor overviewed European Union (EU) Directives, the country’s obligations under the EU Association Agreement, and the practice of EU Court of Justice. The amicus brief was submitted to the Constitutional Court in September. Free University and WUSL will submit another amicus brief to the Constitutional Court by late October.

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2017
11
Oct
EWMI/PROLoG Supports Working Meeting of Supreme Court Judges on New Admissibility Criteria

On October 6-8, EWMI/PROLoG in cooperation with the EU4Justice Judicial Support Project organized a two-day working meeting for Supreme Court judges on human rights issues. In particular, the meeting concerned a new case admissibility criteria adopted after the so-called “Third Wave” of judicial reform that obligates the Supreme Court to assess appealed lower court judgments in terms of their consistency with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

The two-day meeting was attended by seven Supreme Court judges. Chief Justice Nino Gvenetadze talked about the importance of adopting consistent approaches for the new admissibility criteria and refining Court’s practice in this regard, and two human rights experts, Besarion Bokhashvili and Levan Meskhoradze, facilitated the meeting. Together with judges, the experts discussed the ECtHR admissibility criteria relevant for the Georgian context using the example of ECHR Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life). They also discussed ECtHR decisions against Georgia and their implications for the Court’s practice. 

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2017
11
Oct
EWMI/PROLoG’s Expert Completes Court Needs Assessment Visit

EWMI/PROLoG international expert Jesper Wittrup visited Georgia to consider the feasibility of a study to define the proper number of courts, judges and staff in Georgian courts. The expert will review the current distribution of courts, judges and court staff, and the method for allocating such resources.

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