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7 March 2017

PLATFORM RELEASES REGIONAL STUDY ON LEGAL EDUCATION 

An “Assessment of current academic and vocational legal training systems in Central Asia and proposals for curricula for legal professions” has been published by the EU-Central Asia Rule of Law Platform. 

Based on an in-depth study of the regulation and current state of academic legal education and further training of judicial and legal professionals in the five Central Asian States (essentially judges, public prosecutors and lawyers) and following 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 refers to curricula selected from among centers-of-excellence among judicial training institutions in the European Legal Space and abroad.

The research serves as background study to a regional conference on “Networks of Judicial and Legal Training Institutions – Factor for the Success of Judicial Reform”, held on 22-23 June 2016, in Bishkek (Kyrgyz Republic). It is available for download in English and in Russian.

The researched has been conducted by Dr. Mikhail Antonov, Professor at the High School of Economics (Saint-Petersburg branch) and a team of Central Asian lawyers.