A group of 23 legal professionals are trained in co-operation with the Justice Academy of Armenia on ethics for Judges, Prosecutors and Lawyers. The Council of Europe HELP online course used for the training has been translated into Armenian, adapted to the Armenian context and is piloted in the framework of the joint Europe Union and Council of Europe project "Support to the judicial reform – enhancing the independence and professionalism of the judiciary in Armenia."
The course includes the main international standards for each profession, as well as the relevant Council of Europe and European Union frameworks. Judges, prosecutors, and lawyers occupy a critical and sensitive place in society; the way they conduct themselves directly impacts on public confidence and on the administration of justice. Therefore, they have a duty to maintain the highest of ethical behaviour. The objective of this course is to help professionals understand the purpose and importance of ethics in the administration of justice for the benefit of the people, allowing to identify key concepts and understand common values, ethical principles and virtues.
During the launching event, the participants were welcomed by Martina Schmidt, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Yerevan, by Silja Kasmann, Deputy Head of Co-operation, Delegation of the European Union to Armenia, and by Sergey Arakelyan, Rector of the Justice Academy of Armenia.
This event was organised in the framework of the project "Support to the judicial reform – enhancing the independence and professionalism of the judiciary in Armenia," funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe in their Partnership for Good Governance II 2019-2022. The Council of Europe HELP course "Ethics for Judges, Prosecutors and Lawyers" was developed by the Council of Europe HELP project "HELP in the EU," co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.