Regional Justice Reform Councils

The EU Project Pravo-Justice supports the implementation of justice sector reforms on the ground in the regions. For three years now, the EU Project Pravo-Justice has been helping to involve the legal community in policy-making in justice sector within the framework of Regional Justice Reform Councils from Chernivtsi, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv, Lviv, Odesa regions and Donbas.

During this time, members of these councils were taking an active part in drafting a mediation draft law and amendments to the Bankruptcy Code, proposals on improvement of legislation on enforcement proceedings, implementation of e-court and discussion of the transitional justice concept.

Objectives

  1. Bottom-up and evidenced-based policy-making approach
  2. Dialogue and feedback system between regional and central level stakeholders on specific reform related policy issues
  3. Horizontal exchange and networking

Contribution

Regional Justice Reform Councils function as permanent working groups to promote bottom-up reform by bringing region-specific challenges and their potential solutions to the central authorities. As a result, lawyers from regions via their own solution proposals have the opportunity to participate in justice policy-making and present their comprehensive recommendations for improving the legislation and practice.

Moreover, thanks to EU financial support, international experts share best European practices on the functioning of the justice system in the framework of the сouncils.With the creation of Regional Judicial Reform Councils, the Project contributes to an improved quality of policies and a reduced gap in regional policy implementation in the justice area. Furthermore, a better evidence-based policy making relies on constant monitoring and evaluation of on-going efforts and research-based policy recommendations.

Composition of the RJRCs

Representatives of all legal professions, academia, and CSOs are forming sustainable teams in all six regions. 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.

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.

Councils

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Oksana Tsymbrivska

National RJRCs coordinator, expert of the EU Project Pravo-Justice
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Alina Serhieieva

National RJRCs coordinator, expert of the EU Project Pravo-Justice

Related News

With the support of "Pravo-Justice" Project, the Ministry of Justice presented the findings made after rapid monitoring of justice in a wartime situation

18 July 2022

On July 18-19, there was presented a report after rapid monitoring of justice in a wartime situation was conducted by the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine with the support of EU Project “Pravo-Justice”, the Ukrainian Bar Association of Ukraine and other partners. The monitoring is aimed at identifying conflicting, declaratory and outdated norms that must be urgently addressed from law-making perspective during martial law.

EU Project Pravo-Justice Joined the Operational Monitoring of Legislation in Ukraine

13 June 2022

On June 13, the Directorate of Justice and Criminal Justice of the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the EU Project Pravo-Justice, the All-Ukrainian NGO Ukrainian Bar Association, and the Regional Justice Reform Councils started consultations on the operational monitoring of implementation and analysis of the effectiveness of adopted regulations.

Impact

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RJRCs Newsletter No. 4, January 2022
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Proposals of Donbas Regional Justice Reform Council to the draft law "On the State Policy of the Transition Period"