Project title Project title
Support to the judicial reform in Ukraine
project duration project duration
The project duration is 31 months: 1 June 2018 to 30 December 2020.
Project budget Project budget

Euro 1,110,000 (reduced to Euro 860,000)

Project partners Project partners

Supreme Court, Ukrainian National Bar Association, High Council of Justice, High Qualification Commission of Judges, Office of the President of Ukraine, Ministry of Justice.

Key issues to be addressed Key issues to be addressed
  • the reform of the judiciary in terms of the practice derived from the adopted legislation (2016-2020), including uniformity of judicial practice and functioning of the new courts and judicial institutions.
  • changes in the system of the bar including the introduction of the obligatory representation in courts by advocates and strengthening of the system of the free legal aid.
Brief description of project Brief description of project
The project is being implemented in Ukraine in co-operation with Ukrainian counterparts – the Judicial Reform Council, the Supreme Court, the High Council of Justice, the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine, the Council of Judges of Ukraine, and others. The project is managed by the Justice and Legal Co-Operation Department of the Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law.
Project objectives Project objectives

To support Ukraine in the completion of the judicial reform and in the implementation of the newly-adopted legislation with the aim of ensuring functioning and organisation of judiciary, bar and free legal aid system under newly established legislation are in compliance with the Council of Europe standards.

Project components Project components

1 – Support to the legislative development

Aim of the component: to provide advice to the Ukrainian authorities in developing legislation on functioning of the judiciary and bar, including through the provision of expertise/assessments/opinions/recommendations

2 – Support to the development of functioning of courts and judicial institutions under the reformed legislation

Aim of the component: to support the development of functioning of courts and judicial institutions, namely, the High Council of Justice, under new legislation so as new court practice, practice of the High Council of Justice within the new powers, issues of publicity with regard to judges, practice of management of the judicial dossier are in line with the CoE standards

3 – Support to the development of bar in Ukraine

Aim of the component: to support development of the new legal institute of the obligatory representation in courts by advocates and of the free legal aid system on civil and administrative cases so as respective procedural aspects and quality of legal advices are in line with the CoE standards and the best European practise

Expected results Expected results
  1. The amended legislation in Ukraine allows the judiciary and the bar in their practice to adhere to Council of Europe standards .
  2. Functioning of courts and judicial institutions under the reformed legislation framework follows the standards of the Council of Europe and the relevant European practices.
  3. The involvement of the bar in litigation in terms of procedure and practice comply with the Council of Europe standards.

Project News Project News

Ukraine: Support to the implementation of the judicial reform

International conference of lawyers on information technologies in the practice of lawyers

12 September 2020 Video conference

On 12 September 2020 the Council of Europe project "Support to the implementation of the judicial reform in Ukraine" organised an online conference with participation of more than 60 lawyers from 15 European countries. The conference was organised jointly with the Council of Europe, the European...

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CLOSED: Call for tender for provision of international expertise

Deadline for applications: 31 August 2019 Ukraine

Call for tender on purchase of international consultants services for the Council of Europe Project “Support to the implementation of the judicial reform in Ukraine” The Council of Europe Project “Support to the implementation of the judicial reform in Ukraine” is launching a tender procedure for...

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The Role of the Supreme Court in Protecting Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

14 December 2018 Kyiv, Ukraine

On 14 December 2018, a high-level conference «The Role of the Supreme Court in Protecting Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms» was held in Kyiv. The event was jointly organised by the Supreme Court and by the Council of Europe project “Support to the implementation of the judicial reform in...

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Annual report of the High Council of Justice

23 February 2018 Kyiv, Ukraine

On 23 February 2018, the annual report of the High Council of Justice “On ensuring the independence of the judiciary in Ukraine in 2017” was presented and discussed in Kyiv. The event was jointly organised by the High Council of Justice and the Council of Europe project “Support to the...

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Round table: Reopening of judicial proceedings

22 February 2018 Kyiv, Ukraine

On 22 February 2018, the round table “The reopening of judicial proceedings as a measure for the execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights: standards of the Council of Europe and the practice of the Supreme Court” took place in Kyiv, Ukraine. The event was jointly organised by...

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Project wrap-up meeting

23 February 2018 Kyiv, Ukraine

On 23 February 2018 in Kyiv the wrap-up meeting of the Council of Europe project “Support to the implementation of the judicial reform in Ukraine” took place to mark the end of the implementation of the Project. The project partner institutions were invited to participate and share their feedback...

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Seminar on optimisation of functioning of the State Judicial Administration of Ukraine

17-18 July 2017 Yaremche, Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, Ukraine

Representatives of the State Judicial Administration of Ukraine and its territorial departments started discussion with the Council of Europe on the optimisation of functioning of the State Judicial Administration of Ukraine On 17 – 18 July 2017, a seminar on optimisation of functioning of the...

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2nd meeting of the interagency working group for developing solutions to the systemic problem of excessive length of pre-trial and judiciary proceedings in Ukraine

13 July 2017 Ukraine

Representatives of the Council of Europe project “Support to the implementation of the judicial reform in Ukraine” took part in the second meeting of the interagency working group for developing solutions to the systemic problem of excessive length of pre-trial and judiciary proceedings in...

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4th public discussion on the draft procedural legislation submitted by the President of Ukraine to the Parliament of Ukraine

16 June 2017 Odessa, Ukraine

On 16 June 2017 the conference “Reform of the procedural legislation as a step towards effective justice” took place in Odessa, Ukraine. This fourth event on discussing draft law of the President of Ukraine “On amendments to the Commercial Procedural Code of Ukraine, the Civil Procedural Code of...

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Communication approaches of the judiciary as a part of building public confidence towards courts

15 June 2017 Odessa, Ukraine

On 15 June 2017, the round table “Effective communication of the judiciary as a part of public confidence towards courts” took place in Odessa, Ukraine. The round table was organised by the Council of Europe project “Support to the implementation of the judicial reform in Ukraine” jointly with...

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Ukraine: Support to the implementation of the judicial reform

Round Table on “Standards of the Council of Europe concerning assessment of judges and the Rules of Procedure of the Public Integrity Council”

12 June 2017 Kyiv, Ukraine

On 12 June 2017, the round table “Standards of the Council of Europe concerning assessment of judges and the Rules of Procedure of the Public Integrity Council” took place in Kyiv, Ukraine. The round table was organised by the Council of Europe project “Support to the implementation of the...

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The level of informational transparency of the judiciary grows in Ukraine - results of the monitoring of websites of courts in 2016

31 May 2017 Kyiv, Ukraine

The level of informational transparency of the judiciary grows, according to the results of monitoring of websites of courts in 2016. The monitoring was conducted by the Regional Press Development Institute with the assistance of the Council of Europe project “Support to the implementation of the...

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Conference on the new procedural legislation and its role in ensuring efficiency of the judiciary in Ukraine

29 May 2017 Lviv, Ukraine

A third public discussion of the draft procedural legislation submitted by the President of Ukraine to the Parliament of Ukraine took place on 29 May 2017 in Lviv, Ukraine Further to the previous discussions of the draft law of the President of Ukraine “On amendments to the Commercial Procedural...

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Public discussion on draft procedural legislation submitted by the President of Ukraine to the Parliament of Ukraine

7 Apri 2017 Kyiv, Ukraine

A public discussion of the draft law of the President of Ukraine “On amendments to the Commercial Procedural Code of Ukraine, the Civil Procedural Code of Ukraine, the Code of Administrative Procedure of Ukraine and other legislation” took place on 7 April 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine, at the conference...

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Visit of the Government Agent of Ukraine to Poland

28-31 March 2017 Warsaw, Poland

The Government Agent of Ukraine before the European Court of Human Rights, the representatives of his Office and the representatives of the Parliament and Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine visited Warsaw to familiarise with Polish experience in execution of the European Court of...

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First meeting of the inter-agency working group for developing solutions to the systemic problem of excessive length of pre-trial and judiciary proceedings in Ukraine

23 March 2017 Kyiv, Ukraine

On 23 March 2017, the first meeting of the inter-agency working group for developing solutions to the systemic problem of excessive length of pretrial and judiciary proceedings was held in Kyiv, Ukraine. The event was organized by the Council of Europe project “Support to the implementation of...

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Ukraine: Support to the implementation of the judicial reform

Discussion on newly adopted law “On the High Council of Justice”

24 February 2017 KYIV, Ukraine

The Council of Europe project “Support to the implementation of the judicial reform in Ukraine” organised an expert discussion on the newly adopted law “On the High Council of Justice” and of the Rules of Procedure of the High Council of Justice, and on their compliance with the Council of Europe...

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Ukraine: Support to the implementation of the judicial reform

Judges, academicians, arbitrators of internal and external arbitration institutions discussed the reform of arbitration in Ukraine

23 January 2017 Kiev, Ukraine

On 23 January 2017, an expert discussion on the reform of arbitration institutions in Ukraine took place in Kyiv. The event was organized by the Council of Europe project “Support to the implementation of the judicial reform in Ukraine” jointly with the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine...

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Ukraine: Support to the implementation of the judicial reform

The round table national mechanisms for enforcement of judgments of the european court of human rights in ukraine: the role of the judiciary

22 NOVEMBER 2016 Kiev, Ukraine

On 22 November 2016, the round table on the national mechanisms for the enforcement of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, with a special focus on the role of judiciary in this process, was held in Kyiv, Ukraine. The event was organized by the Council of Europe project “Support to...

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Round table on re-opening of judicial proceedings as one of the national mechanisms for the execution of judgments of the european court of human rights

28 OCTOBER 2016 Kiev, Ukraine

On 28 October 2016 in Kyiv, a round table on excessive length of civil and criminal proceedings in Ukraine in the context of the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights was jointly organized by the Supreme Court of Ukraine and the Council of Europe project “Support to the implementation of...

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