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Council of Europe Office in Georgia

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International Conference of Judges to be held on 27-28 September

More than two hundred Georgian judges, as well as invited international experts and professionals, donors and representatives of executive government will hear the speeches of Davit Usupashvili - the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, Konstantine Kublashvili – the Chairman of the Supreme Court of Georgia, and Thea Tsulukiani – the Minister of Justice of Georgia. In their opening speeches Phillip Dimitrov – the Ambassador of the European Union, Richard Norland – the Ambassador of the United States, Ortwin Hennig - the Ambassador of Germany, Caterina Bolognese - Head of the Council of Europe Office in  Georgia and Inita Paulovica – UNDP Resident Representative a.i.  will speak about the role and importance of the independent judiciary.

An independent and transparent judiciary is one of the most important attributes of the rule of law and democratic state. The United Nations, the European Union and its member states and the United States of America affirmed full support to the readiness declared by the leadership of Georgia – to support the independence of the judiciary and empowerment of judges with respect to managing the judicial power, as this is the one of the cornerstones for democracy and  the rule of law.


Within the scope of the conference, discussions will be held on the independence and transparency of the judiciary, professional development of judges, judicial ethics and responsibility, as well as initial and continuous trainings for judges and the high school of justice.      


Participants of the conference will have an opportunity to learn international best practices of judicial system operations, presented by Judge Ulrich Hagenloch - the Chairperson of the Court of Appeal of Dresden, International Judge Agnieszka Millart, Judge Timothy J. Balland – from US and other international experts. Members of the conference will also hear assessments and recommendations from Georgian colleagues.


The organizers of the conference: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale ZusammenarbeitGIZ), EU Funded Project to Support Criminal Justice System Reform in Georgia (EUCJR), USAID Judicial Independence and Legal Empowerment Project (JILEP), German foundation for International Legal Cooperation (IRZ), Norwegian Mission of Rule of Law Advisers to Georgia (NORLAG), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Council of Europe (CoE).


Venue: Sheraton Metechi Palace Hotel, Tbilisi 



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Council of Europe Office in Georgia