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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

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  • 2019
    17
    Oct

    USAID/PROLoG Supports National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement to Draft Subject Benchmark Document for law

    In order to renew the 2011 Benchmark document, and make it compatible with the new National Qualification Framework, the National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement (EQE) established an expert working group comprised of representatives of Georgian law schools, the judiciary, notaries and the Georgian Bar Association. The first draft document was finished at the end of September.

    On October 11-12, with USAID/PROLoG’s support, a two-day working meeting was organized in Kakheti. WG members worked with USAID/PROLoG’s expert, Richard Grimes, an experienced UK legal education expert, on the draft of the Benchmark document of law programs. Mr. Grimes has been involved in drafting subject benchmark statements for Law in the UK. The WG reached agreement on controversial issues and definitions to be incorporated in the document. 

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  • 2019
    17
    Oct

    USAID//PROLoG supported Human Rights Chair presented the First Year Report of the Human Rights Clinic

    On October 11 USAID//PROLoG supported Human Rights Chair presented the first year report of the human rights clinic at Ilia State University. The Human Rights and Constitutional Law Clinic was officially launched last year, and students have the opportunity to work on actual cases under the mentorship of the HR Chair, Tamar Gurchiani, and a clinical supervisor. In addition to counseling clients, the Clinic’s work consists of seminars and projects related to issues like violations based on gender, domestic violence and discrimination. The Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Law course at the clinic was attended by 18 students in total and they worked on 27 cases during the year. The Presentation was attended by students, professors, the Ilia Uni Dean, Mr. Irakli Porchkhidze and DCoP of EWMI/PROLoG, Mr. Brian LeDuc.

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  • 2019
    01
    Oct

    Batumi City Court Announces a Decision on Batumi Mosque Case

    On September 30, Batumi City Court announced a decision on the Batumi mosque case — the claims of the Muslims’ foundation to support building a new mosque were partially satisfied. The interests of the Muslim community were represented by the Tolerance and Diversity Institute (TDI) and the Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center (EMC), with the support of USAID/PROLoG.

    The court case relates to Batumi City Hall’s denial to the Muslim community’s request to build a house of worship in Batumi and to identify discrimination on religious grounds. After multiple promises of the State without any tangible results, in 2016, the Muslim community collected more than 12,000 signatures and submitted them to the local and central government, asking permission to build a new mosque. 

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  • 2019
    20
    Sep

    Training on Freedom of Expression, Hate Speech, Discrimination and Amicus Curiae

    On September 16-18, USAID/PROLoG supported training on freedom of expression, hate speech, incitement of discrimination and amicus curie for staff of the Public Defender’s office. International expert Ivana Roagna returned to Georgia to conduct the course, with Judge Ketevan Meskhishvili from the Tbilisi Court of Appeals.

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  • 2019
    10
    Sep

    USAID/PROLoG Supports Trainings on Analytical Report Writing

    On September 6 and 9, the USAID-funded PROLoG activity organized two training sessions for the staff of the state-funded Legal Aid Service (LAS) and Georgian Bar Association (GBA) on Analytical Report Writing. The aim of the training was to teach the techniques of writing informative reports and to develop a new, simplified structure for annual reports. PROLoG has been working with the LAS and GBA since 2015 to build up their institutional capacity. The interactive training was conducted by Vakhtang Natsvlishvili, USAID/PROLoG expert.

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  • 2019
    12
    Aug

    USAID/PROLoG Supports Workshop with MPs on Selection of Supreme Court Judges

    On August 10-11, USAID/PROLoG organized a workshop for members of the European Georgia faction in Borjomi. The goal was to assist the MPs to properly prepare for the final stage of selection of Supreme Court Judges in Georgia, by sharing aspects of the selection of US Supreme Court and Federal Judges that may be applicable to the Georgian context.

    Similar workshops have already been organized last month for a group of Georgian Dream — the ruling party—MPs, as well as for Independent Members of the Parliament.

    USAID/PROLoG will continue supporting the Georgian Parliament in this process, to make the selection of Supreme Court Judges more transparent and merit-based.

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  • 2019
    06
    Aug

    USAID/PRoLoG supports Constitutional Law, Human Rights and Public Policy Summer School

    USAID/PRoLoG supported the Ilia State University summer school on Constitutional Law, Human Rights and Public Policy on July 26- August 6 for twenty six students from different law schools of Georgia, Ukraine and Armenia. The program was designed to help students and young professionals learn theoretical and practical aspects of constitutional and international human rights law. Constitutional, human rights and criminal law experts from the USA, UK and Georgia taught various topics, including: Development of Constitutional Review in Georgia; The Relevance and Importance of Human Rights in Constitutional Law and Policy; Human Rights and Democracy: the Role of the Jury; and Public Forums/Private Platforms: The New Battleground of Free Expression. 

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  • 2019
    06
    Aug

    USAID/PROLoG supports Constitutional Court’s Summer School

    From July 22 to August 2, the Annual Summer School on Constitutional Law and Human Rights was held at the Constitutional Court of Georgia in Batumi, and covered by the media. USAID/EWMI has supported this event for seven years, and PROLoG has expanded its assistance over the past three years to provide the School with an international expert. Twenty five students from different Georgian universities participated in the School, which covered the following topics: 1. Judicial Review – US and European; 2. Judicial Independence and Guarantees of Fair Trial; 3. Proportionality/Standards of restrictions of Human Rights; 4. Ideas of Human Rights. Founding Documents and Modern Concepts; 

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  • 2019
    29
    Jul

    USAID/PROLoG supports publication of ‘The Judiciary of the First Republic’

    On July 8, ‘The Judiciary of the First Republic’ was presented to the public at the Supreme Court of Georgia. Dr. Anna Dolidze, an Associate Professor at International Black Sea University (IBSU) and at IBSU is the author of the USAID/PROLoG-supported monograph. She is also a member of High Council of Justice, appointed to this position by the former President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili. 

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  • 2019
    26
    Jul

    2019 Judicial Summer School Successfully Completed

    During July 20-25, USAID/PROLoG, together with other donors (EU4Justice, CoE, UNICEF, UNDP, OHCHR), in cooperation with the High Council of Justice, Supreme Court and High School of Justice, supported the 2019 Judicial Summer School for judicial assistants and employees of the analytical departments of Georgian courts.

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