Support to Judicial Education

Project Summary


The project supported continuous legal education for judges, including women judges strengthening an independent and effective justice system for Kosovo, which protects and promotes human rights standards, ensuring better access to justice for all citizens

What we wanted to achieve

The project supported the continuous legal education for judges, including women judges. This was an important building block towards strengthening an independent and effective justice system for Kosovo, which protects and promotes human rights standards, ensuring better access to justice for all citizens

Results



• Supported the Initial Legal Education Program (ILEP) with the Kosovo Judicial Institute, designed for training four generations with 138 aspiring judges and prosecutors, whereas 65 have been already appointed, and the Continuous Legal Education Program (CLEP), designed for specific training of judges and prosecutors in office;

• Supported the reform of the Judicial/Bar Exam in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), in drafting the new Law on the Judicial/Bar Exam, a new Manual for the Judicial/Bar Exam as well as 13 training sessions for 750 candidates of the Judicial/Bar Exam;

• Supported the Kosovo Judicial Council (KJC), the MoJ and the Kosovo Chamber of Advocates (KCA), through a one-year internship program for 100 interns, including 40 female candidates.

Rule of Law Support to Judicial Education- Results
Funded by the Government of Netherlands
Ministry of Justice:
•    Reform of the Judicial/Bar Exam- professional advice in drafting the new Law on the Judicial/Bar Exam Reform;
•    Comparative report on the Judicial/Bar Exam in the region, as a base-line study;
•    Training for the Judicial/Bar Exam for 700 candidates, 30% women;
•    Increase of knowledge after the training;
Kosovo Judicial Institute:
•    Support to the Initial Legal Education Program (ILEP) and Continuous Legal Education Training (CLEP);
•    Graduation Ceremonies;
•    Justicia published in Serbian
•    Preparatory Exam for generation V;
•    Check-list for evaluating of CLEP training programs, drafted by local expert;
•    121 judges and prosecutors appointed, out of a total of 138 candidates;
•    Legal Expert to provide support in training modules seconded by UNDP;
•    100 interns in regional courts and prosecution offices, out of which 40 women;
•    Training for interns on European Convention and Contesting Procedure
Kosovo Chamber of Advocates:
•    Kosovo Chamber of Advocates Training Center
•    Harmonization of Legal Practices;
•    Round tables on Family Law;
•    Support to Kosovo Judges Association with round tables;
•    Drafting and publishing of the Commentary on the Law on Obligations, Part I and II, in Albanian and Serbian
Rule of Law Programme Outcome Evaluation
Strategy for the Rule of Law Programme

Donor Information

Donor Amount
Government of the Kingdom of Netherlands 1,000,000 USD
Overview
Status
Closed
Duration
January 2011 – December 2013
Geografic Coverage
Prishtina and other municipalities
Focus Area
Democratic Governance
 
Beneficiaries
Aspiring judges and prosecutors; Judicial/Bar Exam Candidates; Interns
Partners
Ministry of Justice, Kosovo Judicial Institute, Kosovo Chamber of Advocates, Kosovo Judicial Council, University of Prishtina
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