USAID New Justice Program Supported 3 Kharkiv International Legal Forum

The USAID New Justice Program supported 3 Kharkiv International Legal Forum organized by Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University.

“It is a privilege to support this remarkable event for the third time. It is particularly important that it is held at the time when Ukraine is going through changes and facing a lot of issues which may be resolved by the legal community”, pointed out Program Chief of Party David Vaughn in his welcome speech.

An expanded meeting of the Task Force on Reforming Legal Education, which was organized by the Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Justice, and Legal Reform Commission under the President of Ukraine, was conducted with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This broad expert discussion will help to identify ways for further improvement of the legal education quality.

The participants to the meeting reviewed various aspects of the legal education reform and progress in this area and familiarized themselves with key ideas of the legal education development concept formulated by the Ministry of Education and Science in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice. Also, they determined prospects for self-organization of law schools for the purpose of improving the quality of legal education, discussed the introduction of a Unified State Qualifications Exam for Law and International Law specialties as well as prospects for enhancing organization Mandatory External Independent Standardized Entrance Exam and foreign language test.

Besides, Aleš Zalar, an expert of the USAID New Justice Program and President of the European Center for Dispute Resolution, presented results of a comprehensive analysis of the current situation, hindrances, and opportunities for implementing mediation in Ukraine at the round table for legal professionals “Medication as a Global Trent of Legal Practice” which was conducted as part of the Forum. In addition, Mr. Zalar delivered a lecture to students on current medication trends in European Union member states.

For many years the USAID New Justice Program has been providing expert support in modernizing legal education in Ukraine; among other things, the Program supports Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University in implementing innovative methods of teaching legal discipline. With the USAID New Justice Program support, the University implements the first in the world rule of a law certificate program for legal profession practitioners and students which has been designed and is administered in cooperation with the University of South Carolina. Besides, the USAID New Justice Program facilitates cooperation between the University and Civil Resolution Tribunal of British Columbia, Canada (Canada’s first online administrative tribunal). This cooperation began with developing a certification course on innovative technologies in law and introducing it in the Ukrainian higher education institution. Thanks to stakeholders’ joint efforts, graduates of certification programs and forum participants gain the knowledge needed to expand access to justice for Ukrainian citizens.