From December 10 to 14, 2018, the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University and the University of South Carolina Rule of Law Collaborative with the USAID New Justice Program support delivered the second week of the Rule of Law Certificate Program, a first of its kind for legal professionals aimed at improving skills and abilities in applying the rule of law in everyday work.
30 program participants, including judges, prosecutors, and lawyers, were competitively selected from among 320 applicants based professional experience and motivation with consideration given for gender and region while also providing opportunities for persons with disabilities.
Professors from the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University and the University of South Carolina together with New Justice team members jointly taught skills-based modules on legal reasoning, consulting and interviewing, dispute resolution, and adversarial elements of the rule of law focusing on the practical application of the rule of law in different areas of law, including work with model cases and analysis of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.
During the session on dispute resolution, New Justice COP David Vaughn shared lessons learned and best practices that can be applied in Ukraine from his experience at the First Online Courts Forum in London, UK, including using or promoting the development of efficient and cost effective private sector solutions for dispute resolution, such as Matterhorn (https://getmatterhorn.com/) and Modria (https://www.tylertech.com/products/modria).
After completing two full weeks of in-class instruction, participants will now work on capstone projects that will focus on addressing a rule of law challenge facing Ukraine. Topics selected include issues related to commercial dispute resolution, enforcement of judgments, e-justice, alternative dispute resolution, and protecting the rights of disabled persons and asylum seekers. Once final capstone projects have been approved, participants will receive a joint certificate from the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University and the University of South Carolina at a graduation ceremony in April 2019.
This effort helps to strengthen the rule of law by providing legal professionals with improved capacity to administer justice and protect human rights.