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High Council of Justice of Georgia

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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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  • 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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  • 2017
    09
    Oct

    PROLoG Supports Second Round of EHRAC Training

    From September 26-28, under the EWMI/PROLoG-funded mentorship program for legal aid lawyers, the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC) Director Philip Leach and EHRAC lawyers Joanne Sawyer and Paul Harvey conducted a three-day training for NGO legal aid lawyers to strengthen their capacity to litigate strategically important cases at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The training took place at Ilia State University and focused on cases of discrimination.

     

    The experts and participants reviewed the draft applications of the cases they plan to submit to the ECtHR, which they prepared after the first EHRAC training held in June. They also discussed the practice and procedures of the ECtHR, and the application of articles of the European Code of Human Rights to discrimination cases. Topics such as interim measures (for example, temporary injunctions) and admissibility to the ECtHR were highlighted, and lawyers from each NGO made a presentation of their case. At the end of the training the experts gave the lawyers exercises to be prepared for the next training, which will take place in November.

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  • 2017
    09
    Oct

    PROLoG-funded Gender and Law Chair Introduces Gender and Law Course to Academic Community

    On September 29-30, the EWMI/PROLoG-supported Gender and Law Chair at Tbilisi State University (TSU), Ketevan Khutsishvili, organized a workshop to introduce the Gender and Law course to academia and practitioners in the field of gender and law. The workshop unified professors and practitioners from Tbilisi State University, David Agmashenebeli University, Georgian Technical University, Ilia State University, and Georgian American University (GAU). Alongside the academics were practitioners from the Office of the Public Defender and the Telavi Prosecutor’s Office, which are involved in awareness raising of violence against women. The workshop served the purpose of having a peer review of the content and structure of the course syllabus developed by the Gender and Law Chair.

    The structure and sequence of topics within the course were commented on by the participants, and particular attention was devoted to elements by which to grade students. All the participants agreed that the practical elements in the course were of high importance, and a number of practical elements (e.g. moot court, simulation, case briefs) were selected for inclusion in the Gender and Law syllabus. It was also agreed to cross-discipline the course, which will make it possible to involve other disciplines in teaching law students. The course will be taught at TSU and GAU starting in Spring 2018.

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  • 2017
    05
    Oct

    PROLoG Supports Establishment of Legal Ethics Chair at New Vision University

    On September 28, the EWMI/PROLoG-supported Legal Ethics Chair at New Vision University, organized a presentation to the legal community. Ms.Sophie Chachava, the Legal Ethics Chair, and Mr. Irakli Kordzakhia, the Co-Chair, presented their new project, talked about the challenges in teaching legal ethics in Georgia, underlined the importance of ethics in the legal system, and introduced to the public the aim and the action plan of the Chair. The Chair will engage students in research and writing on legal ethics issues, organize moot court competitions, and develop a new model course on legal ethics that will be shared with all interested professors and universities across Georgia. All of the Chair’s activities will be directed towards improving the teaching of legal ethics and raising the awareness of legal ethics issues in Georgia. Professors from different universities, students, lawyers and GBA Legal Ethics Commission representatives attended the presentation, which was followed by a Q&A session. The large number of questions and comments from the audience demonstrated the interest of legal community in the subject as well as its importance.

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  • 2017
    05
    Oct

    Parliament’s Working Group on Judicial Reform Legislative Amendments Meets at Tbilisi City Court

    On October 2, the third meeting of Parliament’s working group on Judicial Reform Legislative Amendments was held at Tbilisi City Court, a follow-up to two working group meetings that took place during the summer in Kobuleti.

    The working group was created by Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee to develop the amendments necessary to accomplish the priorities of the Judicial Strategy and the Action Plan for 2017-2018. The working group, chaired by Eka Beselia, Chairman of Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee, consists of the members of the High Council of Justice (HCOJ), members of Parliament, the Minister of Justice, and representatives of donor organizations and other interested parties.

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  • 2017
    03
    Oct

    EWMI-PROLoG Supports Regional Conference on Independent Legal Aid

    On September 28-29, with the support of EWMI/PROLoG, United Nations Development Programme and Open Society Georgia Foundation, the Legal Aid Service of Georgia (LAS) hosted a regional conference on “Challenges and Importance of Independent Legal Aid.” The Conference brought together members of the Legal Aid Reformers’ Network and leading international experts from Great Britain, Lithuania, Ukraine, Moldova, Sierra Leone and Georgia.

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  • 2017
    29
    Sep

    Free University and Constitutional Court of Georgia Organized Summer School on Religious Freedom

    On September 9-13, in the framework of its EWMI/PROLoG grant, the National Institute for Human Rights at Free University Tbilisi, in partnership with the Constitutional Court of Georgia, conducted its second annual summer school on human rights at the Constitutional Court of Georgia. The topic of the summer school was religious freedom, and the school covered comparative overview of jurisprudence from the Constitutional Court of Georgia, U.S. Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. Professor Bill Rich, from EWMI/PROLoG partner Washburn University, was one of the speakers at the school, together with Professors David Zedelashvili and Ekaterine Lomtatidze from Free University. Professor Rich provided an overview of relevant principles from the U.S., including the First Amendment’s provision on religion, its application and current challenges. Professors Zedelashvili and Lomtatidze discussed the most controversial issues of religious freedom in Georgia and in Europe, including the legal status of religious associations and the rights of individuals.    

    The summer school attracted more than 200 applicants, and after a rigorous selection process 28 students were selected to participate. The school included interactive lectures and discussions, as well as a mock trial and a volleyball competition to ensure full engagement of the students.

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  • 2017
    29
    Sep

    EWMI/PROLoG Supports Human Rights Training for Judges

    On September 16-17, the High School of Justice organized a training on general human rights concepts for 14 judges from Tbilisi and the regional courts of Georgia. The training program was developed with the support of EWMI/PROLoG and the Council of Europe in 2016, and serves to improve the understanding of Georgian judges in human rights matters, such as classes of rights, horizontal effects of rights, as well as application of human rights instruments and related case law by the Common Courts of Georgia. The training was conducted by two Georgian judge-trainers, Tbilisi City Court judges Aleksandre Iashvili and Irakli Kopaliani, who discussed international and European human rights protection mechanisms, the case law of the European Court of Human Rights, and the practice of Georgia’s domestic courts.

    In the coming months, EWMI/PROLoG will update the course to create two independent modules, one for Criminal Law judges and one for Civil/Administrative Law judges.

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