The 29 competitively selected judges, prosecutors, and lawyers from throughout Ukraine completed more than 60 hours of in-class studies as part of the second round of USAID funded graduate-level Rule of Law Certificate Program implemented jointly by the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University and the University of South Carolina Rule of Law Collaborative. This included coursework on modern approaches to applying the European Convention on Human Rights and the caselaw of the European Court of Human Rights related to rule of law principles, such as proportionality, legal certainty, and the right to fair trial, as well as the application of ethical obligations for legal professionals.
The program also included skills-based sessions on legal reasoning, negotiations, and mediating disputes. The participants will now prepare capstone projects addressing rule of law challenges facing Ukraine with concrete steps for overcoming them. Capstone projects will subsequently be presented and discussed at the graduation on March 12, 2020 at Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University in Kharkiv, where successful participants will receive their certificates.