Other regions

CHINA

Access to Justice Program

Budget:

€5,300,000 (0.4% of budget allocated to JCI)

Execution Period:

September 2013 – August 2017 (47 months)

Position of JCI:

Member of the consortium managed by the British Council (Great Britain)

Project objective:

–      To promote access to justice for the most vulnerable Chinese populations, especially in remote and inaccessible areas;

–      To promote the development of a policy for legal aid and provide support for its evaluation;

–      To adopt and implement new regulations inspired by the best European practices in legal aid, so as to improve legal aid services in Shanxi province, Inner Mongolia and Henan;

–      To improve educational opportunities and knowledge transfer concerning legal aid and practical arrangements among European countries and Chinese policymakers.

Funding:

European Union

Project Components:

–      Study on the organisation, management and execution of legal aid in China;

–      Capacity-building for legal assistance professionals (training);

–      Establishment of study visits and an annual policy dialogue on the improvement of the legal aid system.

Highlights:

–      The Third China-EU Legal Aid Policy Dialogue was held in Beijing in September, on the theme of “Promoting access to justice and legal aid for the most vulnerable and marginalised populations. “

Prospects:

JCI’s participation was requested primarily on an ad hoc basis, so as to mobilise French expertise in the context of international meetings (policy dialogue).

KYRGYZSTAN

Strengthening the rule of law in the Kyrgyz Republic

Budget:

€9,500,000 (10% of budget allocated to JCI)

Execution Period:

August 2014 – January 2018 (42 months)

Position of JCI:

Member of the consortium managed by GIZ (German public agency)

Project objective:

To reinforce the technical capacity and effectiveness of oversight mechanisms and support the implementation of reforms in the legal and judicial system

Funding:

European Union

Project Components:

–      Strengthening the technical capacity of key staff in the supervisory bodies (Parliamentary Committees, the Constitutional Council)

–      Providing support for the implementation of reforms in the legal and judicial system.

Highlights:

–      Receiving of a Kyrgyz delegation to France in March 2016 at the ENM (Paris and Bordeaux), the CSM and the Paris Palace of Justice to share the French experience in the initial and continuing training of judges,

–      Organisation of a regional seminar in June 2016 on the theme of “cooperation among legal and judicial training institutions: a key factor in successful reform.”

Prospects:

–      Oversight of the development of the newly created Superior School of Justice,

–      Provision of support for the development of a system for performance evaluation and career advancement for judges,

–      Organisation of thematic seminars (fight against corruption, ethics, etc.).

LAOS

Provision of support for the modernisation of enforcement law and to the definition of training curricula for judicial officers

Budget:

€24,000

Execution Period:

October 2016 – April 2017 (7 months)

Position of JCI:

Leader, sole agency

Project objective:

Support for the modernisation of enforcement law, capacity building for the training of judicial officers

Funding:

UNDP (United Nations Development Program)

Project Components:

–      Analysis of the proposed enforcement law, proposal of amendments, leadership of working group, amended legislative bill.

–      Analysis of training programs for judicial officers, studies of requirements, preparation of training curricula.

Highlights:

The October mission of an expert from the French Chamber of judicial officers to Laos, in which JCI participated to explore future avenues of cooperation.

Prospects:

–      Organisation of three expertise missions for French judicial officers to provide support to their Lao counterparts.

–      Search for continued funding from donors present in Laos in order to conduct projects for the benefit of its members.