Supporting the implementation of key judicial reforms

The aim of the PGG programme in this area is to bring the legislative framework and implementing mechanisms involved for judicial reform in compliance with European standards, to support the implementation of targeted judicial reforms in the Eastern Partnership region and to strengthen regional co-operation to address national shortcomings and regional challenges to judicial reform.

  • The cooperation in the field of judicial reform will provide support:
  • To align legislative framework and implementing mechanisms involved for judicial reform with European standards
  • To support to implementation of targeted judicial reforms in the Eastern Partnership region
  • To strengthen regional co-operation to address national shortcomings and regional challenges to judicial reform
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Armenia

Component 1: Support to the judicial reform – enhancing the independence and professionalism of the judiciary in Armenia

Component 2: Supporting the criminal justice reform and harmonising the application of European standards in Armenia

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Azerbaijan

Strengthening the efficiency and quality of the judicial system in Azerbaijan

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Belarus

Component 1: Strengthening the right to a fair trial in Belarusian criminal justice

Component 2: Supporting the civil justice reforms – strengthening the judicial system

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Georgia

Component 1: Enhancing the accountability and the efficiency of the judicial system and the professionalism of lawyers in Georgia

Component 2: Supporting the criminal justice reforms – tackling criminal aspects of the judicial reforms in Georgia

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Republic of Moldova

Strengthening the capacities of the justice sector actors to deliver justice in line with European standards, in particular to fight discrimination, in the Republic of Moldova

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Support to further strengthening the efficiency and quality of the judicial system in the Republic of Moldova

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Regional

Women’s Access to Justice: delivering on the Istanbul Convention and other European gender equality standards

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Inter-ministerial webinars on measuring Women’s Access to Justice in the Eastern Partnership countries

Strasbourg, France 29-30 June 2020
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Inter-ministerial webinars on measuring Women’s Access to Justice in the Eastern Partnership countries

“We need to normalize women’s access to justice, as these standards need to permeate not only gender related issues and institutions but the entire justice system and state apparatus” Shazia Choudhry, professor of law, Queen Mary University of London

 

On 29 and 30 June 2020, the Council of Europe organised two inter-ministerial webinars on measuring access to justice including specific challenges facing women. The webinars are part of the EU and CoE joint programme PGGII project “Women access to justice: delivering on the Istanbul Convention and other European gender equality standards” in the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine).

The webinars stem from the need to explore with policy and decision makers in the Eastern Partnership countries how to address the structural and entrenched inequalities women face in accessing justice, with a focus on women victims of violence. The webinars provided 35 ministerial level participants with information about women’s access to justice, including European and other human rights standards on access to justice and gender equality, best practices and indicators. They will receive the Guidance note: Framework for measuring access to justice including specific challenges facing women translated in all six languages of the Eastern partnership countries to strengthen the framework for multi-agency cooperation at national level in the area of gender responsive access to justice.

The webinars are part of a series of activities that include a questionnaire, for participants to reflect on the role of their institutions in fostering women’s access to justice and the possible strategies to improve women’s access to justice and an online discussion platform where participants will share experiences, exchange on regional good practices and challenges and engage in discussions on the ways forward.