COVID-19 Response Grants

COVID-19 Response Grants

Rule of Law and COVID-19

Rule of Law and COVID-19

High Council of Justice of Georgia

High Council of Justice of Georgia

High School of Justice of Georgia

High School of Justice of Georgia

Georgian Bar Association

Georgian Bar Association

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

National Center for Commercial Law

National Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution

National Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution

Arbitration Initiative Georgia

Arbitration Initiative Georgia

USAID/PROLoG-Supported HR Law Clinic Spurs Civil Service Reform

29 July 2020 USAID/PROLoG-Supported HR Law Clinic Spurs Civil Service Reform

The USAID/PROLoG-supported Human Rights and Constitutional Law Clinic at Ilia State University offers free legal services to marginalized groups, while providing students with a unique hands-on experience, working on strategically selected litigation. Last year, the 24 law students enrolled in the Clinic worked on 26 cases. In July, 2019 Clinic students filed an application with the Ombudsperson's office regarding unpaid internships in the civil service (namely, Tbilisi City Court). The application claimed that the unpaid internship is discriminatory on the ground of social class. The Office sent an antidiscrimination complaint to the High Council of Justice, Civil Service Bureau and the Tbilisi City Court, raising some important questions, requesting clarifications and examining HR management practices in Georgian courts, as well as in the civil service in general.

In July 2020 the Office issued a decision in favor of the applicant. The decision quoted the European ombudsman, who famously said that unpaid internships perpetuate a cycle of privilege following privilege The Ombudsperson recommended that the Georgian parliament should amend legislation to introduce paid internships in the Georgian civil service. As a result of the activities of the Clinic the Human Rights Committee at the parliament is working on reform of internships in the civil service.

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