Project duration Project duration

30 months: 1 July 2019 – 31 December 2021

Budget Budget
Euro 580.000
Donors Donors
European Union and Council of Europe
Project title Project title

Strengthening the profession of lawyer in line with European standards

Geographical focus: Armenia, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine

Beneficiaries / Partners: Beneficiaries / Partners:

Beneficiaries: Self-governing Bar Associations

Partners: Ministries of Justice, self-governing bar associations, professional unions of lawyers, advocates and lawyers

Key issues to be addressed Key issues to be addressed
  • Procedural and institutional setup of the functioning of lawyers
  • Internal structure of the associations of the bars
  • Procedural safeguards for lawyers
  • Systems of legal representation
  • Access to the profession of advocate
  • Systems of training for lawyers
  • Codes of ethical standards for lawyers
  • Professional standards of interaction of lawyers and judges in courts
  • Impact of gender-related issues on the profession and on access to justice
Project aim Project aim

Strengthen co-operation between the bar associations and law societies of the participating countries (Armenia, Belarus, Gerogia, Moldova and Ukraine) with a view to improving the internal functioning and independence of the bar.

Gender mainstreaming in the project Gender mainstreaming in the project

Gender will be mainstreamed in various ways throughout the project.

The project is linked to the priorities of the Eastern Partnership - 20 Deliverables for 2020, with reference to Priority II (Strengthening institutions and good governance) under chapter 10 (Implementation of key judicial reforms).

Project components Project components

1 – Straightening the regional cooperation network of lawyers and bar associations of the participating countries

Aim of the component: to organise regional meetings of representatives of the bars, to deliver conferences for the bars, and lawyer unions with the aim to strengthen peer-to-peer co-operation amongst them.

2 – Improvement of the internal functioning of the bar associations

Aim of the component: to deliver a cross-country review of the internal structure of the bar associations, to develop country-specific action plans as to the improvement of the internal functioning of the bar associations, and to support the implementation of the country-specific action plans.

3 – Strengthening the independence and professionalism of lawyers

Aim of the component: to deliver cross-country reviews of the procedural safeguards for lawyers, codes of ethical standards, access to the profession, to develop recommendations as to the professional standards of interaction in courts of lawyers and judges, and to organise networking meetings of judges and lawyers.

4 – Strengthening the provision of legal services by lawyers

Aim of the component: to deliver cross-country reviews of the systems of legal representation (including free legal aid and the monopoly of advocates), impact of gender-related issues on the profession and on access to justice, and to develop/deliver the country-specific measures related to the improvement of the system of legal representation.

Council of Euroep Action Plan Council of Euroep Action Plan

Relevance for Council of Europe Action Plan and priorities:

Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia 2016-2019

Council of Europe Action Plan for the Republic of Moldova 2017-2020

Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine 2018-2021

Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy 2018 -2023

The Council of Europe is implementing this project under the “European Union/Council of Europe Partnership for Good Governance”.

Project team Project team

Project manager: Ms Natalia Khodakevich (Strasbourg)

Project officer: Mr Karen Karapetyan (Yerevan)

Project assistant: Ms Alina Beliaeva (Strasbourg)


News News

Regional Project: Strengthening the profession of lawyer in line with European standards

Networking and Knowledge Depository Platform for lawyers from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine now available

18 February 2021

A new platform for networking, exchanging information and best practices, accessing key documents, including pieces of legislation and research is now accessible to lawyers, bar associations and legal professional in the Eastern Partnership Countries. The platform was presented at the second...

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Regional Project: Strengthening the profession of lawyer in line with European standards

CLOSED: CALL FOR TENDER: COMPETITIVE BIDDING PROCEDURE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A WEBSITE

Deadline: 7 May 2020

The Council of Europe is currently implementing a regional Project on “Strengthening the profession of lawyer in line with European standards” in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. In that context, it is looking for a Provider to develop a website to serve as an online regional...

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PGG II Regional Project “Strengthening the legal profession in line with European standards

Publication of the comparative review of the procedural and institutional setup of functioning of lawyers in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine

Nov. 2019-Feb. 2020 Regional Project: Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine

The PGG II Regional Project “Strengthening the legal profession in line with European standards”, funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe, publishes a comparative review of the procedural and institutional setup of functioning of lawyers in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia,...

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Regional Project on Strengthening the profession of lawyer in line with European standards

CLOSED: CALL FOR TENDERS

DEADLINE: 4 November 2019 Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine

The Council of Europe is launching a call for tenders within the framework of a regional project on “Strengthening the profession of lawyer in line with European standards” in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. In that context, it is looking for providers to support the...

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