JCI Participation in the “Tashkent Law Spring” in Uzbekistan

Publé le 14 May 2019

From 24 to 30 April, the Director-General of JCI Ms Nicole COCHET, and Mr Adrien ELBE, Deputy Director of Operations, went on mission to Tashkent in Uzbekistan, with Ms Alexandra SAVIE, Head of the Office for Cooperation of the Delegation for European and International Affairs.

It was a response to the invitation from the Uzbek Ministry of Justice to attend the “Tashkent Law Spring“, organised for international lawyers. For its first edition, this biennial international conference brought together some 2000 lawyers and economists from around the world, with a strong US presence, and Asia-Pacific countries. The presentations and exchanges of these two days focused on a variety of subjects, with a general focus on economic law and investment, but also strongly pointed to the concern that the rule of law would be introduced in Uzbekistan in line with international standards. One example of this was the training of the judiciary and judicial professions, as well as the governance of the judiciary.

Most importantly, coming four years after the closure of the Criminal Reform Support Project, with mixed results, in which JCI participated under German cooperation leadership, the visit was an opportunity for various interviews to take a look at the potential of future judicial cooperation. Thanks to the very effective support of the Embassy’s Cultural Cooperation and Action Service in preparing and accompanying the mission, the delegation was able to meet:

These interviews confirmed that the subjects on which French judicial cooperation could provide useful support are not lacking. Specific and targeted actions could be envisaged in response to needs and requests precisely expressed by some of the interlocutors met, pending further proposals, the formulation and implementation of which will of course depend on multilateral funding, which in due course will have to be carried out.