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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
09
Aug
EWMI/PROLoG Supports Workshop on Expansion of Legal Aid Service Mandate and Lawyer Appraisal System

On August 4-6, EWMI/PROLoG hosted a three-day workshop in Borjomi between the State-funded Legal Aid Service (LAS) and the judiciary. The purpose was to discuss the upcoming expansion of the LAS mandate into civil and administrative law, to present the findings of a PROLoG-organized study by the Caucasus Research Resource Center (CRRC) to identify challenges related to the upcoming expansion, and to find solutions to facilitate the expansion in close cooperation with the judiciary.  On the first day, the LAS board and management representatives met to develop their position on the precise areas of expansion and to identify the issues to be discussed with judges the next day. On the second day, 30 judges from Tbilisi and the regions joined the meeting. Mariam Kobaladze and Dimitri Gugunava from CRRC presented the findings of the study on challenges related to the LAS expansion. 

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2017
09
Aug
EWMI/PROLoG Supports 10th Annual Constitutional Court Summer School in Batumi

On July 24 through August 4, the Constitutional Court of Georgia conducted its 10th Annual Summer School on Constitutional Law and Human Rights. The Summer School was held on the Court’s premises in Batumi. The Summer School is designed to enhance the knowledge of future legal professionals in constitutional and human rights laws and is considered one of the most effective ways to promote human rights in Georgia today. Twenty-eight students had the opportunity to learn from experts, interact with peers, and build relationships. The Summer School included dynamic case studies, practical exercises, and theoretical discussions. The classes covered topics such as: different models of judicial review; constitutional and international standards applicable to criminal procedures; freedom of expression and religion; and application of international treaties by domestic courts. The students were selected through a competitive process involving an exam in English and interviews.  Before the start of the Summer School in Batumi, students met with the President of Georgia and the Ombudsman in Tbilisi to learn about the role that both institutions play in the development of democracy and rule of law in Georgia. Students also visited the USAID office in Georgia, where Deputy Mission Director Thomas Morris made a short presentation for students on USAID’s work in Georgia and the role it plays in the development of democracy and rule of law in the country.     

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2017
28
Jul
EWMI/PROLoG Supports Public Lecture on Racial Discrimination

On July 24, the EWMI/PROLoG-supported Human Rights Chair at Ilia State University organized a public lecture on Combatting Race Discrimination in the Georgian and American Legal Systems. The lecture was conducted together with PROLoG’s international expert Bridget Arimond, human rights expert from Northwestern University Law School in Chicago, and held at Ilia State University. Professor Arimond talked about the history of racism in in the U.S., legal mechanisms to fight racism, and her experience as a civil rights lawyer protecting U.S. citizens from discrimination. The Human Rights Chair, Tamar Gurchiani, talked about Georgian legislation and cases on racial discrimination. Fourteen students from Ilia State University attended the lecture, which was followed by a Q&A session that discussed the recent demonstrations in Tbilisi against foreign immigrants and other topics.

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2017
28
Jul
EWMI/PROLoG Trains Professors on Amicus Briefs and Shadow Reporting

On July 22-23, PROLoG organized a workshop for law school clinic professors and human rights professors on how to write and teach to write amicus curiae briefs (briefs submitted to courts by entities who are not parties to the dispute) for Georgian courts and international fora, as well as how to prepare shadow reports for UN Treaty Bodies. The aim of the workshop was to strengthen the human rights aspect of the legal clinics’ curricula and add more practical elements to the teaching of human rights courses. Konstantine Vardzelashvili, former deputy head of the Constitutional Court of Georgia, and PROLoG’s international expert Bridget Arimond, human rights expert from Northwestern University Law School in Chicago, conducted the workshop. Fourteen law professors from different Georgian law schools participated. As a result of the training professors will have a better understanding of how to teach the techniques of writing of amicus curiae briefs, how to integrate these tools into the clinical curriculum, and how to use these tools to develop students’ practical skills.

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