Under the auspices of the EU’s Rule of Law Initiative for Central Asia, the Rule of Law Platform project acts as a coordination mechanism to facilitate policy dialogue and promote the measures needed to encourage and support legal and governance reforms in each of the Central Asian countries.
The Platform focuses on Administrative Law and Administrative Procedure, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, Commercial Law and Judicial Reform. These constitute the “common work agenda” agreed on by representatives from the five CA countries at the ministerial conferences in Brussels (2008), Dushanbe (2010), Brussels (2012) and Astana (2014).
To contribute towards the development of a stable and democratic political framework in the Central Asian partner countries, as established in the EU Strategy for Central Asia.
To improve the capacity of Central Asian countries to contribute to the modernisation and reform of their legal and judiciary systems, by developing legislation and practices in line with internationally accepted standards and fostering dialogue with neighboring countries.
Major partners in the Central Asian countries are the supreme and constitutional courts as well as the five Ministries of Justice and Ministries of the Interior (Rule of Law Initiative Coordinators), parliamentary organs, lawyers, public prosecutors, legal aid providers, members of other legal professions, training centres, universities and civil society representatives.
As agreed at ministerial level, the expected results are the following:
Component 1: Fora for dialogue
Conferences and technical working group and seminars will focus on priority areas. Recommendations will be provided to enhance policy coherence and assist the legal and judicial reform.
Component 2: Training
The development of training programmes and syllabi, and the delivery of training sessions for targeted legal professions on the specific topics on the political agenda will be of high importance to the improvement of the legal capacity of Central Asia.
Component 3: Communication/Mapping/Networking
An interactive community of rule of law experts will support the sharing of experience, provision and dissemination of information on the Platform and other EU programmes. Outreach activities will contribute to raise awareness among specific social target groups.
Component 4: Advice facility
Background analyses and studies will complement dialogue events and will serve at developing policy advice.
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
The Rule of Law Platform project is funded by the EU’s Development Cooperation Instrument under the Regional Cooperation component of the EC’ Central Asia Indicative Programme. It has been allocated a budget of approximately 2 million Euro.
36 months (the project started in February 2015)
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