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3 May 2016

PLATFORM DEVELOPS MODEL CURRICULUM FOR THE TRAINING OF LEGAL PROFESSIONALS OF CENTRAL ASIA

The EU-Central Asia Rule of Law Platform has commissioned the preparation of a “model curriculum for the training of the legal professionals in the Central Asian States”. The research is being conducted by a team of European and Central Asian experts.

Based on an assessment of the regulation and current state of further training of judicial and legal professionals in the Central Asian States (essentially judges, public prosecutors and lawyers), resulting from the expert team analysis and a survey of lawyers in the region, the study will propose to the governments and training units of legal professionals in Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, a model curriculum for the further training of legal professionals. It will include practical recommendations of ways to ‘teach the teachers’, i.e., those who, later, would be faculty using the curriculum in the region, the permanent faculty members for judicial and legal training program of Central Asia.

The best judicial training program ‘in books’ cannot succeed ‘in action’ where the curriculum fails to properly underscore the fundamental way in which excellence in judicial/legal training must be accompanied by excellence in legal research and legal education. The study will refer to curriculae selected from among centers-of-excellence among judicial training institutions in the European Legal Space and abroad.

The research will serve as background study to a regional conference on “Networks of Judicial and Legal Training Institutions – Factor for the Success of Judicial Reform”, which the Platform will hold on 22-23 June 2016, in Bishkek (Kyrgyz Republic).