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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

News

  • 2018
    10
    Dec

    USAID/PROLoG Supports Gender Equality Council to Introduce Legislative Package on Prohibition of Sexual Harassment

    On November 30, USAID/PROLoG together with UN Women supported a high-level meeting of the Parliament’s Gender Equality Council and other stakeholders on prevention and response to sexual harassment. The meeting was held in the framework of this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The aim of the meeting was to address sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination. The meeting was led by the Council and attended by representatives of the Government of Georgia, civil society, and other development partners, who discussed the definition of sexual harassment, existing challenges and barriers to its’ prevention, prevention mechanisms and legislation.

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  • 2018
    30
    Nov

    USAID/PROLoG Supports Student Moot Court Competition in Human Rights Law

    On November 24-25, the National Institute for Human Rights at Free University Tbilisi, within the framework of its USAID/PROLoG grant, organized the third National Moot Court Competition in Human Rights for students. The subject of the Competition was equality before the law and the prohibition of discrimination in the context of the LGBTQI community. The students represented a theoretical applicant and respondent before the Constitutional Court of Georgia.

    39 student teams registered for the competition, and after the submission of written memoranda the eight teams with the highest scores were selected to participate in the oral rounds, which took place at the Supreme Court of Georgia.  

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  • 2018
    29
    Nov

    USAID/PROLoG Assists High Council of Justice to Improve its Rules of Operation

    Starting November 16, USAID/PROLoG expert Ales Zalar had a one-week assignment in Georgia to assess the current practices of the High Council of Justice (HCOJ) and assist the Council in improving its rules of operation. Mr. Zalar is the former Minister of Justice of Slovenia and a judge, and has extensive experience of working in Georgia with the HCOJ and other judicial institutions on varied topics, including judicial strategy development and the promotion of judges in Georgia.

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  • 2018
    26
    Nov

    USAID/PROLoG Launches English Language Training Program for Judges

    In October, USAID/PROLoG launched an innovative English Language Training Program for Judges (ELTPJ). The ELTPJ was initiated at the request of the High Council of Justice, and seeks to increase the English language ability of Georgia’s judges so that they can perform legal research in English and review legal doctrines and opinions by international bodies. It is also hoped that as a result of the ELTPJ additional judges will be able to participate in those USAID/PROLoG judicial exchange opportunities that require a high level of English, such as secondments at U.S. courts.

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  • 2018
    26
    Nov

    GYLA and PHR Organize a Roundtable on Litigation and Regulation of Sexual Harassment

    On November 21, USAID/PROLoG legal aid grantees NGOs Partnership for Human Rights (PHR) and Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA) organized a roundtable on “Litigation and Regulation of Sexual Harassment in Georgia: Existing Practice and Challenges.” The purpose of the workshop was to review sexual harassment cases handled by PHR and GYLA, assess the challenges identified in case proceedings, and discuss the need for legislative regulations and internal mechanisms to prevent sexual harassment.

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  • 2018
    26
    Nov

    USAID/PROLoG Supports National Moot Court Competition on Legal Ethics

    From November 16-18, the USAID/PROLoG-funded Legal Ethics Chair at New Vision University organized a National Moot Court Competition on Legal Ethics. Twenty-eight students from Free University of Tbilisi, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University, the University of Georgia, and International Black Sea University took part in the competition.

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  • 2018
    21
    Nov

    Participants of USAID/PROLoG’s Judicial Exchanges Share Experiences with Colleagues

    In November 2018, USAID/PROLoG’s judicial exchange alumni organized two follow-up activities at Poti and Tbilisi City Courts.

    On November 9, Poti City Court Chair Temur Sikharulidze organized his second presentation to colleagues on lessons learned during his USAID/PROLoG-funded judicial exchange. PROLoG’s Deputy Chief of Party, Neil Weinstein, participated in the presentation remotely and answered questions by video. 

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  • 2018
    08
    Nov

    USAID/PROLoG Co-Organizes International Conference on the Role of Women in the Judiciary

    A full-day international conference on ‘The Role of Women in the Judiciary’ was held in Tbilisi on November 5. It involved representatives of the High Council of Justice, the Supreme Court of Georgia, judges from courts of all three instances, international organizations working with the judicial system, as well as international experts.

    The discussions focused on important topics, including women’s participation in the judiciary, gender stereotyping, and the impact of gender diversity on judicial decision making. Among the presenters were experts from Georgia, Europe and the United States, including judges Renate Winter, Aneta Arnaudovska, Katica Ardukovic, and Magistrate Avril Calder.

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  • 2018
    07
    Nov

    USAID/PROLoG Continues Support to Georgian Bar Association CLE Program

    USAID/PROLoG continues its efforts to enhance the GBA’s training capacity in the area of human rights. As part of this effort, in Spring 2018 PROLoG developed four course modules for GBA:

    1) case law of the European Court of Human Rights concerning Georgia (civil and administrative),

    2) case law of the European Court of Human Rights concerning Georgia (criminal)

    3) role of a fair trial in the protection of property rights, 

    4) persuasive legal writing.

    All courses were designed in an interactive way. PROLoG then conducted Training of Trainer workshops for GBA trainers on these topics, as a result of which GBA has built a pool of thirty qualified trainers. These GBA trainers delivered 22 CLE trainings on the new courses to their colleagues this Fall, training about 440 lawyers. In November, eight more training will be delivered by GBA trainers on these topics.

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  • 2018
    05
    Nov

    USAID/PROLoG Organizes Third Study Tour to the U.S. for Civil and Administrative Judges

    From October 20-27, eight civil and administrative first instance judges traveled to Washington, D.C. for a study tour of the U.S. judicial system. The majority of judges were from the regions of Georgia, and both regular judges and court chairs were included in the delegation.

    The study tour included meetings at the Federal Judicial Center and the Administrative Office of the U.S. federal courts, where participants were introduced to U.S. practices regarding judicial ethics, judicial appointments, and judicial leadership, as well as electronic filing. The participants also had a private tour of the U.S. Supreme Court, gaining access to areas of the Court that are not open to the general public.

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