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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
    19
    Oct

    Legal Aid Service Lawyers Trained on Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment

    USAID/PROLoG organized two workshops for the lawyers of the state-funded Legal Aid Service (LAS) on involuntary psychiatric treatment. Two workshops for lawyers from all 12 Legal Aid Bureaus were held in June and October 2018. These workshops gave the opportunity for all LAS lawyers interested in the topic from East and West Georgia to attend the training.

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  • 2018
    18
    Oct

    Legal Aid Service and Registry Lawyers Trained on Crime Provocation

    On October 16, USAID/PROLoG organized a workshop for the lawyers of the state-funded Legal Aid Service (LAS) on crime provocation and the defenses that may be asserted when a crime is provoked by law-enforcement institutions and state authorities. The training also covered the role of the lawyer in determining whether there was good cause for a covert operation and authorities remained within the bounds of their undercover work, or if they incited someone to commit an offense that he or she would not otherwise have committed. LAS lawyers from Tbilisi, Mtskheta, Rustavi, Gori, Akhaltsikhe and Telavi attended the training. The workshop was conducted by two leading Georgian experts: David Kvachantiradze and Tinatin Tskhvediani.

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  • 2018
    16
    Oct

    HRC Conducts Training for NGO Lawyers Working on Gender-based Violence Cases

    On October 9-10, the Human Rights Center (HRC), under the USAID/PROLoG-funded legal aid project “Promote access to justice for women, religious and ethnic minorities in the regions of Georgia,” organized a two-day training for NGO lawyers working on gender-based violence cases. The training was attended by 15 lawyers from various non-governmental organizations.   

    The main topic of the training was “empowerment of human rights defenders in the process of advocating the cases of gender-based violence victims.” The training was led by psychotherapists Maia Tsiramua and Ketevan Mgebrishvili from the Georgian Center for the Psychosocial and Medical Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (GCRT). The aim of the training was to assist lawyers to develop skills for effective communication with victims of violence and to deal with professional stress. The participants were pleased with the interactive training and expressed their desire to continue similar trainings for them, their colleagues, and other professionals.

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  • 2018
    10
    Oct

    USAID/PROLoG Brings Two Long-Term Mentor Judges to Georgia

    USAID/PROLoG, as part of its expanded judicial exchange activities, brought two highly experienced U.S. judges to Georgia for extended mentoring of the civil and administrative judges in Tbilisi and Rustavi City Courts.

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  • 2018
    03
    Oct

    Second Georgian Civil Judge Sent for Secondment in U.S. Court

    USAID/PROLoG, as part of its expanded judicial exchange activities, sent its second Georgian civil judge to the U.S. for an intensive “secondment” placement in a U.S. court. Judge Madi Chantladze of Tbilisi City Court spent September 24-28 at the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia outside Washington, D.C. Judge Chantladze was hosted by the U.S. Judge Anthony Trenga, who previously visited Georgia to work with Georgian judges.

    The schedule for Judge Chantladze was intensive. She attended civil as well as administrative hearings, and attended case settlement proceedings using court mediation. Judge Chantladze also researched disciplinary procedures for judges, cases of using for closure action, and intellectual property-related disputes. With the help of the manager of the federal District Court, Judge Chantladze also learned about the electronic case distribution system. As part of the secondment Judge Chantladze also attended the 30th Annual Intellectual Property Seminar organized by the Intellectual Property Center. During the last day of the visit, at an informal dinner, Judge Chantladze and U.S. judges discussed the friendly relations between Georgia and the United States, and expressed readiness for future cooperation.

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  • 2018
    25
    Sep

    Human Rights Action Plan Monitoring Week

    In June 2017, USAID/PROLoG, together with the Open Society Georgia Foundation, issued three grants to NGOs to develop tools for monitoring and reporting in a systemic manner on the implementation of the Government of Georgia’s Human Rights Strategy and Action Plan. From September 17-21, the partner NGOs conducted eight presentations at which the final findings of the NGOs’ monitoring of implementation of the Human Rights Strategy and Action Plans were presented. 

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  • 2018
    21
    Sep

    USAID/PROLoG Presents Assessment Report on the Need for Judges in Georgia

    On September 18, USAID/PROLoG’s international expert Jesper Wittrup presented the Assessment Report on the Need for Judges in Georgia. High officials and judges from the Georgian judiciary, the Parliament of Georgia, representatives of international donor organizations, and the NGO Coalition attended the presentation.

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  • 2018
    21
    Sep

    USAID/PROLoG Supports Annual Summer School in Human Rights

    On September 9-13, the National Institute for Human Rights at Free University, in the framework of its USAID/PROLoG grant, conducted its annual Summer School for students. The Summer School was organized in partnership with the Constitutional Court of Georgia, and 30 students from five different Georgian universities participated in it. The topic of this year’s Summer School was a comparative perspective on the use of principle of proportionality in the equality jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court of Georgia. PROLoG U.S. resource partner Washburn University Law School’s Professor Craig Martin presented the U.S. and Canadian perspectives, while Georgian law professors and experts overviewed case law of the Constitutional Court, the practices of the Public Defender’s Office, and precedents of the European Court of Human Rights. The Summer School ended with a mock trial hearing where students put to practical use the knowledge they gained during the previous days.

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  • 2018
    17
    Sep

    PROLoG Supports Fifth Round of EHRAC Training

    On September 11-13, under the USAID/PROLoG-funded mentorship program for legal aid lawyers, the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC) conducted its fifth round of trainings for PROLoG’s partner NGO lawyers. The three-day training was conducted by EHRAC Director Philip Leach and legal consultant Ramute Remezaite, and was designed to increase the NGO lawyers’ capacity to litigate strategically important cases at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The training focused on the right of freedom of expression and discussed relevant ECtHR case law.

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  • 2018
    11
    Sep

    USAID/PROLoG Supports HSoJ to Organize the First Pilot Training for Civil and Administrative Judges in Human Rights

    On September 8-9, the High School of Justice (HSoJ) in cooperation with USAID/PROLoG, organized the first pilot training on Foundations of Human Rights for Civil and Administrative Judges. The training was attended by 16 judges from Tbilisi and Kutaisi Appellate Courts, Tbilisi and Rustavi City Courts, as well as Mtskheta District Court and the Sokhumi/Gagra-Gudauta District Court. The two-day training was conducted by judge-trainers from Tbilisi Appellate Court, Tamar Alania and Giorgi Tkavadze, who worked with USAID/PROLoG-hired human rights experts Levan Meskhoradze and Konstantine Korkelia during Summer 2018 to develop course content and materials. The purpose of the course is to improve the basic understanding of Georgian judges in human rights matters.  The Course is designed as an introduction to basic concepts and standards of human rights relevant for civil and administrative adjudication, covering issues like Right to Privacy and Family Life, Freedom of Expression, Right to a Fair Trial, Property Rights and Prohibition of Discrimination. In 2016, a similar course was developed with USAID/PROLoG’s support for criminal law judges. Both courses are included in the in-service training program for sitting judges and court personnel and fully administered by the HSoJ. 

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