Rapid Response Grants

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Rule of Law and COVID-19

Rule of Law and COVID-19

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High Council of Justice of Georgia

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High School of Justice of Georgia

Georgian Bar Association

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Disciplinary Committee of Judges of Common Courts of Georgia

Disciplinary Committee of Judges of Common Courts of Georgia

Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary

Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary

National Center for Commercial Law

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National Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution

National Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution

Arbitration Initiative Georgia

Arbitration Initiative Georgia

Georgian Democracy Initiative Presents Findings of the Report on Freedom of Expression and Independence of Judiciary

17 June 2020   Georgian Democracy Initiative Presents Findings of the Report on Freedom of Expression and Independence of Judiciary

On June 12, with support from USAID/PROLoG, the Georgian Democracy Initiative presented findings of the report on freedom of expression and independence of judiciary. Adam Schmidt, USAID/Georgia Democracy, Governance, and Social Development Office Director, participated in the opening of the online conference. The report is the result of a one-year study of international standards, Georgian legislation and international and local practices related to the protection of freedom of expression in cases of contempt of court. The report explores a potential conflict between two important values, freedom of expression and protection of dignity of judges and courts. It attempts to answer the question of whether the freedom of expression should be restricted when judges and courts are criticized or verbally attacked and what dangers are associated with such limitations. In addition to the GDI representatives, the presentation involved Prof. Dirk Voorhoof  and Dr. Inger Høedt-Rasmussen, Dutch experts from Legal Human Academy, who assisted GDI with the study, Justice Nino Bakakuri from the Supreme Court and Mr. Besarion Loladze, former judge of the Constitutional Court of Georgia. GDI distributed hard copies of the report and its shorter version, the guidelines, among Georgian judges.

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