Council of Europe/European Union Partnership for Good Governance

Support to the judicial reform- supporting the criminal justice reform and harmonising the application of European standards in Armenia

Start date: 1 January 2019
Duration: 36 months
Donor: Council of Europe and the European Union
Partners: Ministry of Justice, Justice Academy, Judiciary, Representative of the Republic of Armenia before the European Court of Human Rights, Parliament, Office of the General Prosecutor, Special Investigation Service, Investigative Committee, Human Rights Defender’s Office, as well as civil society.

 

Contact Person: Ms Gayane Hovhannisyan, Senior Project Officer

 

The Project will support Armenia in the criminal justice reform through legislative, methodological and capacity-building assistance. It will provide expert advice in the process of formulating and applying criminal and criminal procedure policy by key justice sector stakeholders. This will include capacity building for the Justice Academy, but also direct capacity building for the relevant institutions, especially the judiciary. Special attention will be paid to the issues highlighted by the CoE monitoring mechanisms. These will include, but will not be limited to, the prevention of ill-treatment and impunity, application of pre-trial detention, procedural guarantees in the criminal procedure, etc. The Project will attempt to capitalise on the heightened interest of the public towards some of these issues to both raise the awareness of European standards, but also to achieve, together with Armenian stakeholders, legislative and practical solutions most in line with the European standards.

It is expected that as results of the Project:

 

  1. National criminal justice policy and practice will be better aligned with European standards;
  2. Harmonisation of national jurisprudence with the ECtHR case-law will be facilitated;
  3. Capacity of the Justice Academy to train judges, candidate judges and judicial servant on criminal justice and human rights will be strengthened.