Regional Justice Reform Councils
The EU Project Pravo-Justice supports the implementation of justice sector reforms on the ground in the regions. In particular, in November 2018, in Chernivtsi, Dnipro, Kharkiv, Lviv, Odessa regions and in Donbas there were established relevant Regional Justice Reform Councils to bring region-specific challenges and potential decisions to the central level and organize a better exchange of information on sector reforms from the center to the regions and interregionally.
Furthermore, a better evidence-based policy making relies on constant monitoring and evaluation of on-going efforts and research-based policy recommendations. To this end and in order to increase sustainability and transparency of the reform efforts, a stronger involvement of CSOs,academia and law schools in the country is desirable and necessary.
- Bottom-up and evidenced-based policy-making approach
- Dialogue and feedback system between regional and central level stakeholders on specific reform related policy issues
- Horizontal exchange and networking
The EU Project Pravo-Justice supports Regional Justice Reform Councils(RJRCs) by providing strategic guidance, operational support, as well as international expertise and best comparative practices.
With the creation of Regional Judicial Reform Councils, the Project contributes therefore to an improved quality of policies and a reduced gap in regional policy implementation in the justice area.
Composition of the RJRCs
Representatives of all legal professions, academia, and CSOs are forming sustainable core teams in all six regions. Besides representing different professions, the core team also image different fields of specialization as relevant for the reform in general and the Project’s work particularly. Each regional team is coordinated and guided by a regional coordinator(s), who are at the same time the bridge between RJRC and the Project.
Regional Justice Reform Councils are acting as standing working groups that facilitate exchanges among legal professionals and contribute to a better policy-making in the justice sector.
The EU Project Pravo-Justice supports horizontal exchange and networking by involving RJRC members to participate in the activities of other RJRCs. Additionally, the Project is hosting regularly meetings of all regional coordinators during which joint flagship activities and regional activities are co-ordinated and ideas for new topics are exchanged.
To give every region its own voice in the policy making and implementation process does not mean to isolate or separate regions. Networking between regions enables participants to see their regional challenges from different angles and to look for common solutions. At the same the interaction between different RJRCs is contributing to the visibility and the “weight” of each single RJRC within the political debate.